The Kokanee Cabin is one of the ACC’s most sought-after huts and the location combined with the hut itself offer a clear reason of why. Come join us for an early season week that will set you up with the skills to travel deeper into the mountains and tour with confidence in big terrain.
Taking an AST 2 course is an essential ingredient for the intermediate-advanced backcountry skier or splitboarder who wants to start exploring more complex avalanche terrain safely and independently. Unlike an AST 1, participants can expect to be fully involved in the day-to-day selection of routes and objectives on this course, with the support and feedback of your instructors . You’ll also be introduced to more advanced stability tests and snowpack analysis
The hut itself is quite a bit more luxurious than other backcountry huts, boasting electricity, and lots of room for sleeping. It is comfortable and self-sustaining. It also located in a picturesque location high in the park.
Staging is out of the cute town of Nelson BC right by the water.
This is an instructional course and not a guided ski trip.
DECEMBER 2ND – 9TH 2023
Price: $3250 + TAX
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Expanding on the skills that you learned in AST 1 the AST 2 course is designed to teach you to explore more advanced terrain. Field days will have a heavy focus on getting students in the lead and making decisions on the move. Teaching you how to lead and route plan for your own trips. Your instructors will introduce a variety of new snow stability tests, as well as a more advanced set of snowpack analysis skills and their application, not previously introduced in the AST 1 course.
All our students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course. The AST 1 is a prerequisite certification course you are expected to have before attending AST 2
To receive the AST 2 Certificate, participants must first take the AST 1 Program. This program is open to all ACC members who are at least an intermediate or type II skier and have an interest in learning about avalanche phenomena in more challenging and complex mountain terrain. Participants can expect longer and more physical days than on the AST 1 Course.
Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s adventure. Food supplies will be flown in by helicopter (no dehydrated stuff here) and cooked up by our dedicated chef. All meals are designed to be healthy, sumptuous and plentiful and special dietary needs can be accommodated. Because we want you to be able to focus on the learning not the cooking!
The Kokanee Glacier Cabin sits on the shores of Kaslo lake in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The area is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Kokanee Glacier Cabin offers an exciting backcountry adventure for the whole family. This is easily our most well equipped hut. In addition to all the dishes for cooking and dining that our guests have come to expect, there is electricity. That means there is a coffee maker and kettle.
Located north of Nelson, in southeastern British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a year-round recreational paradise. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers – Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury – which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.
This course will be provided by trained members of the Canadian Avalanche Association, who have many years of instructional experience and are familiar with the terrain around Kokanee Cabin. To make sure you can get the most out of your course!
Don’t have everything on the gear list (found on the right hand side of this webpage)? We recommend heading to Gear Up in Canmore to grab any items your might be missing. To ensure availability of items call ahead to book. ACC members get a 10% discount.
Keith has been teaching avalanche education for 30+ years. Keith is the co-author of the Avalanche Skills Training Handbook, the textbook for all AST courses. He also wrote updates to both the AST 1 and AST 2 instructor manuals. Keith is a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and a Guide with the Canadian Ski Guiding Association. Keith has also published articles on innovative ways to include Human Behaviours in avalanche decision-making.
Keith has worked his way down the corporate ladder. He started as an Environmental Engineer in San Francisco. Keith is now in the enviable position of avalanche instructor/guide and counsellor/therapist with a private practice based out of Rossland, BC.
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