Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Level 1 | February 22-24, 2019 | COURSE FULL
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL! PLEASE STAY TUNED TO OUR WEBSITE FOR OTHER OFFERINGS THIS WINTER
It is 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 backcountry! This is a crucial course for anyone who wants to get into backcountry skiing/split boarding, snowshoeing on backcountry trails, or snowmobiling.
Based on the most advanced knowledge available, this course will provide you with entry-level decision-making skills essential for backcountry travel and safety. It will be suitable for people with basic training, no previous avalanche experience is required!
The curriculum for this course is based on the requirements set out by Avalanche Canada (AC). 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.
Our instructor is certified by the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA).
No previous avalanche experience is required. Must be competent travelling with touring skis, splitboard, or snowshoes.
Date: February 22 – February 24 2019
Friday, Feb. 22 6:30pm-9:00pm
Classroom Session will be held in Chilliwack (location TBD)
The evening session is spent learning and reviewing essential Avalanche Safety theory.
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24 8:00am-4:30pm (approximately)
Day 2 & 3 are full days of “hands-on” practical learning in the field working on snowpack, terrain, travel and rescue skills.
Field location to be determined as it is condition dependent. Previous courses have been held at Manning Park Resort, Sasquatch Mountain Resort, or the Coquihalla Highway backcountry. Students are responsible for transporting themselves to and from the course location, however carpool options will be available.
The following items are mandatory for the course. Available for rent at Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors. Limited rental items, please notify staff ASAP to reserve rentals.
One of the following methods for snow travel:
- Skis with touring capabilities; OR
- Split board; OR
- Snowshoes (available for rent at Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors)