- Day 1
- Participants meet at 8:30am in the Heritage Room at the ACC’s Canmore Clubhouse. Curriculum topics which will be covered this day include:
- Introductions, course goals, agenda, waivers
- Understanding avalanches: formation and characteristics
- Avalanche terrain recognition
- Introduction to the ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale)
- Changes in the mountain snowpack, snow metamorphism
- Lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm
- Assessing and reducing risk
- Accessing public avalanche bulletins
- Using the AVALUATOR
- Safe travel choices and proper route planning
- Companion rescue techniques
- Discuss program for Day 2 in the field
Our classroom day is limited to 16 people to make for the best possible learning experience!
Your field day location will vary depending on conditions but you will typically be either in Kananaskis Country or the Icefields Parkway, making real-life observations and gaining hands-on experience. Curriculum topics which will be covered on this day include:
- Re-group at the parking area, sign-out gear
- Field observations
- Companion rescue techniques and practice
- Managing risk in avalanche terrain
- Route selection, track setting and terrain related hazard
- Snow profiles and stability tests
- Companion rescue scenario
- 4:30pm Course debrief, presentation of certificates
Our field day will see a maximum participant-to-guide ratio of 8:1 to make for the best possible learning experience!
Dec 18th: Meet in the classroom at MEC Edmonton Downtown at 6:00pm. Classroom session will end at 9:00pm.
Dec 19th: Meet in the classroom at MEC Edmonton Downtown at 6:00pm. Classroom session will end at 9:00pm. These two days combined will cover day 1 of the regular AST 1
Dec 21st: Meeting time and place to be decided during the classroom sessions. This day will cover day 2 of the regular AST 1.
Dec 22nd: Meeting time and place to be decided during the classroom sessions. This day will coverlearning objectives for the regular Managing Avalanche Terrain (MAT) program:
possible objectives in the area
cruxes and hazards
Guides will encourage participants to step up and break trail, help choose the best line up and down your chosen objective, and apply the safe travel techniques that were discussed earlier.