NEW: The Wheeler hut-based AST-2 offers you four days of focused, field-based immersion in backcountry travel and snowpack evaluation techniques. This course is intended for the advanced backcountry user who wants to hone their avalanche evaluation skills.
The course will start at 8AM at a classroom location in Revelstoke. After a short, 4-hour classroom session to review the principles covered in your AST-1, review the day’s avalanche bulletin, objectives, and weather forecast, and a gear check and review of the guide’s pack, you will carpool to Roger’s Pass, and skin to the Wheeler hut.
The next three days will allow you to take advantage of the variety of terrain right outside your doorstep. While the guide will cover the principles of the AST-2 course, there will be a fair bit of flexibility based on participants’ goals and questions. Topics covered will include a discussion of how to apply the avalanche bulletin and ATES to a local scale, safe travel techniques for specific types of terrain, and the advantages and disadvantages of various tests to evaluate local snow stability. The indoor sessions will cover the AST-2 curriculum, but will also be informal Q-&-A sessions with your guide where you can discuss experiences and issues from your personal backcountry trips. You will be involved in choosing the day’s objective based on the avalanche forecast, weather conditions, and time constraints.
More information and info pack to follow soon!
Gear, Food, Lodging
- Instruction throughout the course
- Pre-trip gear and planning advice
- ACC course materials
Participants must provide:
- Daily transportation to/from the skiing area (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
- All meals
- Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
Level of Difficulty
This course is meant for experienced backcountry travelers looking to update their snowpack evaluation skills. The AST-1 is a required prerequisite for this course. Participants must also have extensive personal experience in the backcountry ( at a minimum, 15+ days), be very familiar with their gear, and be intermediate-advanced skiers and riders. You must already know the basics of safe travel in avalanche terrain, be familiar with your transciever, and be confident finding and interpreting the avalanche bulletin. If you are new to backcountry skiing or snowboarding, please consider our Canmore-based AST-2.
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Other Skills Courses
- AST-1: the essential avalance safety course for any backcountry traveller.
- Managing avalanche terrain: work on the skills needed to keep yourself and your group safe.
- AST-2: Take your avalanche knowledge further, and learn the basics of snowpack evaluation
- Introduction to Winter Camping
- Introduction to Navigation
- Introduction to Ski Mountaineering