Skiing Little Sifton during an AST 2

An AST 2 course is the best way to take your decision making in avalanche terrain to the next level.

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……

You will be planning and leading the field days, with me helping to answer questions and give pointers along the way.

Going up during an AST 2

Sometimes people ask me 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.


AST course, Rogers Pass, BC

Day 1 meeting time is 8:30 am at the Ramada Hotel, Revelstoke. The first day will be mostly classroom based, where we will go through the theory and planning to get ready for our 3 field days. In the afternoon we will plan to spend some time outside practicing avalanche rescue. We will be finished by 5pm.

Days 2-4 will be full days in the field led by you, with short evening sessions on some nights. We will probably spend most of our time at Rogers Pass, but we might also visit Mt MacPhearson, The Gorge, or other local areas depending on weather and snow conditions.


Day 1 is primarily classroom based, with an outdoor avalanche rescue practice. Bring the following:

Jess during an AST 2 in Rogers Pass
  • Avaluator 2
  • Pen & notebook
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (must be collapsible)
  • Daypack (~30L).
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water or thermos bottle (recommend 1-1.5L)
  • Headlamp
  • Personal 1st aid kit (blisters, band-aid’s etc.)
  • Warm and weatherproof clothing for moderate periods of inactivity in the mountains.
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper 2001 (Recommended)

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.

If you have any questions regarding equipment please contact me.


I ask that participants are confident skiing/riding advanced terrain at a typical ski area (eg. Black Diamond runs at RMR, Whistler, Kicking Horse). This will allow us to safely access more interesting terrain in early season conditions to maximize learning opportunities. If you are unsure of your ability pleasecontact me.

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 2019/2020:

  • December             6-9th             2019                 $619 + GST             FULL

Please make sure you have read through my booking conditions before making a payment. Email money transfers are my preferred method of payment (please remember 5% GST), otherwise please use the button below (subject to a convenience fee).

If you have a group of 6 people and the above dates don’t work for you, please contact me and I will do my best to schedule an additional course.

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