Camp Highlights

  • Tailored to backcountry skiers and climbers 
  • Custom course materials created by ACC
  • Course led by experienced guides and educators
  • ACC Clubhouse accommodation available for a small additional fee

Dates & price

    3 course dates

    •  Dec 6 - 9
    •  Jan 10 - 13 
    •  Jan 24 - 27 
    • $425 + Tax / Person

Head Further into the Backcountry by Taking Your Avalanche Safety Skills to the Next Level


Taking an AST 2 course is an essential ingredient for the intermediate backcountry skier, splitboarder or ice climber 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 guides. You'll also be introduced to more advanced stability tests and snowpack analysis.

Why do your course with the ACC? We cover the standardized curriculum (as outlined by the Canadian Avalanche Centre), but with an on-staff ACMG ski guide as well as a CAA professional license holder, we've gone much further to create a program that caters to the current trends in winter recreation in avalanche terrain. As well as creating custom course materials, we have a heavier focus on backcountry skiing or splitboarding and climbing in avalanche terrain, and the unique hazards that are associated with each sport.

Taking your course with the ACC will also see you enjoying a classroom day in the ACC Clubhouse's Heritage room with beautiful views over the Bow Valley and a field day in nearby Kananaskis or Bow Summit - the perfect learning environment. For those coming from further afield we also have on-site, award-winning accommodation available for a modest additional fee. 

Camp Objectives

Field Days will have a heavy focus on getting students into the lead and making decisions on the move. Your guides 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 on 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.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

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:

  • Review of the basic principles of avalanche phenomena
  • Terrain photo study – how to recognize avalanche terrain & choosing routes
  • Accessing public avalanche forecasts – where to find them; their strengths and limitations
  • Snowpack metamorphism – what actually drives change in the snowpack
  • Snowpack layering, crystal shapes, temperature gradients
  • Emergency response review
  • Trip planning considerations
  • Equipment choice, use, and maintenance
  • Identifying hazards
  • Route plans
  • Emergency contacts
  • Timings & turnaround times
  • Introduce the principles of companion rescue with multiple burials
  • Review of our “Guide’s Pack” & discussion about appropriate gear selection for avalanche terrain
  • Discussion and route planning for the objective for Day 2.

Day 2, 3 and 4

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:

  • Review of transceiver checks – range and transmit function checks
  • How to use avalanche & weather forecasts in your decision making
  • Use of the AVALUATOR as a travel tool
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
  • Identifying areas of increased hazard
  • Good travel habits
  • Group management & decision making
  • Snowpack observations & snow stability analysis
  • Review the procedure for a compression test
  • Introduce new snow stability tests and discuss when to use them
  • Extended Column Tests
  • Propagation saw tests
  • Deep Tap Tests
  • Companion Rescue – dealing with multiple burial situations
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

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.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. So please brink along your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or favoured alternative), a packed lunch and some snacks for each day.

Accommodation

As this course is offered out of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, we welcome all participants to stay with us and enjoy the remote atmosphere that surrounds us. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, the ACC Clubhouse is the perfect place to relax while completing your course. You can reserve your room while completing your booking or by using the contact details at the top of this page.

Guiding

Our dedicated on-staff ACC guide Doug Latimer oversees our AST programs. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching AST and other winter instructional courses, as well as in developing course materials and winter guiding. We are extremely excited to have him on board for our 2018/19 season going forward and believe it will make our courses the best ever in terms of standardization and professionalism. 

  • The guide was an excellent teacher and his very practical transitions from theory into the field were very much appreciated.
  • An over-all excellent learning experience
  • The guides instruction brought everything together into a package that will give me much needed confidence in the backcountry.
  • The guide did an excellent job ensuring each person was getting as much out of it as they needed/wanted to. He kept the environment open for comments and was not afraid to challenge your thinking.
  • A highlight was making group decisions and having group discussions in absolutely live scenarios.
- Past ACC AST Course Participants-

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Contact Us

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 109

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  •  4 days of instruction from ACMG certified ski guides 
  • Avalanche Canada course materials
  • Official Avalanche Canada course certificate
  • Classroom space at the ACC Clubhouse

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from field locations
  • Accommodation is available at the ACC Clubhouse for an additional $30 per night
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

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. 

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