This course has been custom built by the ACC's Lead Winter Guide (and avalanche expert) Doug Latimer and is for those of you who have taken an AST2 course but still want to develop your avalanche skills further.
While most avalanche courses analyze the snowpack at a specific point in the season, the aim is to get you understanding how conditions develop dynamically over the course of a full winter with a classroom weekend in November, field weekends in January and February and continuous email discussion with your group and guide.
You'll be analyzing the avalanche hazard as it develops week by week, location by location, all with Doug's hands-on coaching and supervision, and a copy of his avalanche e-book included in your course fee.
The material covered in this program will take you beyond the AST-2 curriculum. Unlike a professional-level certification, the focus isn’t on snow science. While we’ll discuss snow assessments and their role in the decision-making process, we’re focused on the whole decision-making framework with extensive discussion on the components that influence hazard management and decision-making in avalanche terrain. Some of the topics your guide will discuss include:
Weekend 1 (classroom days)
Participants meet at 8:30am in the Heritage Room at the ACC’s Canmore Clubhouse. Curriculum topics which will be covered this day include:
Weekend 2 and 3 (field days)
Meeting times, locations and objectives will vary each day but you can guarantee you will be out in the field with your instructor(s), typically either in Kananaskis Country or the Icefields Parkway, making real-life observations and gaining hands-on experience. Curriculum topics which will be covered over these days include:
Participants must have taken the AST 2 course either through the ACC or another provider. Participants should also have a good amount of backcountry skiing experience, possess intermediate to advanced ski technique and good all round fitness.
Food is not provided as part of the course. Bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for the field days or pop out for lunch in Canmore on the classroom days.
As this course is offered out of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, we welcome all participants to stay with us at our on-site hostel. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, this is the most convenient and relaxing place to stay while completing your course. You can reserve your bed for the nights of Nov 16th, Jan 4th and Feb 8th upon registration. If you need additional nights you can also call our reservations team on 403 678 3200 ext. 300.
For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and was so impressed with Doug's leadership and direction! Especially blown away by the e-book with embedded videos he used to instruct the course.
Doug is a great guide with LOTS of experienced based knowledge. Even if the course was only a conversation about the framework of thinking he has developed over the years of being in the mountains it would have been worth it.
- 2018/19 ACC Avalanche Course Participants -
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Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses.
For the travelling adventurer, the ACC sells TuGo® Travel Insurance, personal insurance which covers the types of activities our members do.
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