An AST 2 course is the best way to take your decision making to the next level in avalanche terrain. You will be planning and leading the field days, with Madeleine or myself helping to answer questions and give pointers along the way.
Is this course for you?
I have designed this course for fit ski tourers/splitboarders, so we can maximize the terrain we can cover in Rogers Pass Pass, and also get some awesome skiing in. The Prerequisites are therefore a bit more stringent than your average AST 2 course. Objectives in the past have ranged from High Avalanche Danger days avoiding all avalanche slopes on Fuzzy Knob (Mt Macpherson), to Low Avalanche Danger days on the North Face of Mt Green (Rogers Pass) with a competent group. The objectives on your course will depend on the conditions and group fitness/ski ability level. We won’t push you to do anything you’re uncomfortable with, and we won’t let you go anywhere we feel uncomfortable with.
Sometimes people ask about whether it’s better to take the CAA Level 1 Operations course instead of the AST 2….. If you’re not planning on working in the avalanche industry; and would prefer to learn how to move through the mountains safely rather than doing paperwork, then I recommend the AST 2 course. We spend a lot more time ski touring and assessing terrain (and it’s much cheaper 😉 )
Please click here for more information from Avalanche Canada about AST courses.
If you’ve completed an AST 2 Course in the past and are thinking of refreshing, check out the Advanced Avalanche Course I’m offering.
Day 1 is mostly online classroom based , with a couple of hours outside for avalanche rescue training. We’ll meet online at 8:30am, where we’ll go through the theory and planning to get ready for our 3 field days. We will be finished by 5:30pm.
Days 2-4 will be full days in the field led by you, with short evening sessions on days 2 and 3 for trip planning. We will probably spend most of our time at Rogers Pass, but we might also visit Mt MacPhearson, The Gorge, RMR, or other local areas depending on weather and snow conditions.
Day 1 is primarily classroom based, with an outdoor avalanche rescue practice. Please bring the following:
- Avaluator 2
- Pen & notebook
- Avalanche rescue gear (transceiver, probe & shovel in backpack)
- Outside shoes
Days 2-4 will be full days in the field. Each person will need the following:
- Skis or splitboard with touring bindings and skins that fit. (Snowshoes are not permitted).
- Ski crampons MAY be required for April courses.
- Ski/snowboard poles
- Ski/snowboard boots compatible with your setup.
- Digital Avalanche Transceiver (3-antenna)
- Avalanche Probe
- Avalanche Shovel (must be collapsible)
- Daypack (~30L).
- Lunch and snacks
- Water or thermos bottle (recommend 1-1.5L)
- Personal 1st aid kit (blisters, band-aid’s etc.)
- Warm and weatherproof clothing for moderate periods of inactivity in the mountains.
- Avaluator 2 (can be shared with another participant)
- Map for Rogers Pass (can be shared with another participant)
- Compass (can be shared with another participant)
- Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain fieldbook (Recommended, can be purchased from www.avalanche.ca)
- Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper 2001 (Recommended)
- Face Mask (COVID)
- Hand Sanitizer (COVID)
If you need to rent equipment, Powder Rentals in Revelstoke have shovels, probes, transceivers, touring skis with skins, splitboards with skins, poles and boots. They offer a 10% discount to course participants. You can call them at 250-814 4POW (4769) or visit their website.
Participants must be at least 19 years old (unless accompanied by a parent) and have spent at least 20 days ski touring/splitboarding. I also ask that participants be confident skiing/riding expert terrain at a typical ski area (eg. Double Black Diamond runs at RMR, Whistler, Kicking Horse) and be able to manage a minimum of 1500m vertical climbing per day. This will allow us to safely access interesting terrain in early season conditions to maximize learning opportunities. If you are unsure of your ability please send me an email.
Dates and Prices
I have a maximum ratio of 6:1 for AST Level 2 courses, with minimum “double black run” ski/snowboard ability and good fitness, to ensure your learning is maximized.
AST Level 2 course dates for winter 2021/2022:
- November 29th to December 2nd 2021____FULL
- December 10th to 13th 2021_____________ FULL
- December 11th to 18th 2021_______________Ultimate Everything Course (including AST 2) FULL
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If you have a group of 6 people and the above dates don’t work for you, please contact me and I will try to schedule some custom dates for you.