Avalanche Skills Training Level 1- AST 1 (Feb 7-9) **FULL**
It’s critical to be able to understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur, and find routes that minimize risk in order to fully enjoy our wonderful back country! Whether you are snowshoeing, skiing and boarding, or mountaineering, understanding what is happening in the snow pack is critical to staying alive in avalanche terrain.
Based on the most advanced knowledge available, this course will provide you with entry-level decision-making skills essential for back country travel and safety. It will be suitable for people with basic back country skills and minimal experience.
The curriculum for this course is based on the requirements set out by the Canadian Avalanche Center (CAC). By the end of the weekend you will understand the basics of avalanche formation and release in susceptible terrain, know how to plan and carry out a safe back country trip using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain, and how to carry out a companion rescue. In addition, you will learn where to find and how to use a variety of avalanche safety resources.
The course will be comprised of one evening classroom session, to be held at Mt Waddingtons Outdoors, as well as two full days in the field. Locations will vary within the Coquihalla Summit Recreation area, depending on weather and forecasts.
Prerequisites: No previous avalanche experience is required. In order to enable your learning experience, you must participate in this course on skis, splitboard or snowshoes.
Instructor to student ratio: 1:8, min 6.
To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 846-1984
The following items are mandatory equipment for the course (note that snowshoes, poles and avalanche equipment available for rental MWO):
- Skis, splitboard, or snowshoes (with poles)
Personal mandatory kit:
- Winter back country clothing
- Winter appropriate day pack (30 liters or more)
- Winter gloves and liners
- Head wear
- Hydration system
Not sure what to bring? Give us a call or stop by the store and we can hook you up with some great gear before your trip!