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Avalanche Skills Training 1
This course follows the Avalanche Canada curriculum for Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1). This course is essential for anyone travelling in or around avalanche terrain in winter and is intended to be a first step toward safely managing backcountry travel. Avalanche Skills Training 1 is suitable for aspiring backcountry skiers and split boarders, snowshoe hikers, ice and alpine climbers, and snowmobile enthusiasts.
What you will learn:
• Avalanche formation and release
• Identifying avalanche terrain
• Trip-planning basics
• Optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
• Using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
• Intro to companion rescue
Includes: Certified instructor, Avalanche Canada AST a certificate, use of transceivers, shovels and probes.
Avalanche Skills Training 2
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2) is for skiers and riders who have taken a basic avalanche awareness course, are comfortable in the backcountry, and want to further their mountain winter training.
The first day covers advanced avalanche-related concepts, and the next 3 days focus on decision-making in the field, with evening theory sessions.
This course follows Avalanche Canada's curriculum and is taught by certified instructors.
19+ years and up (or 16+ if accompanied by a parent).
Prerequisite: AST 1 or equivalent, good physical condition and able to ski/ride safely under all snow conditions.
Includes: ACMG-certified guide, Avalanche Canada AST 2 certificate, use of transceivers, shovels and probes.