Whistler Avalanche Course – Avalanche Skills Training 2
With four full days in the field complemented by evening lecture sessions, the AST 2 gives participants the tools and skills they need to be make for effective and safe decisions in more complex and challenging avalanche terrain. The AST 2 is the next logical step for frequent backcountry skiers and riders as well as those employed in the winter tourism industry that work and play close to avalanche-prone areas.
Following the stringent curriculum requirements set by Avalanche Canada, AST 2 participants will build on their knowledge of snowpack and how to effectively interpret snowpits, such as the influences of weather; wind, temperature changes and solar radiation. Navigating the more complex terrain features safely is paramount and the four field days will help participants gain experience in a variety of avalanche terrain suitable for advanced skiers and riders.
Conveniently located in Whistler with the easily accessible backcountry adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb, this course serves as the stepping stone for advanced recreational backcountry skiers and is recognized by all professional and courses endorsed by the Canadian Avalanche Association.
By the end of the Avalanche Skills Training 2 course, participants will be required to:
- Conduct a snow stability test in the field and effectively interpret results
- Demonstrate effective route finding in complex and hazardous terrain in order to help manage personal risk
- Use the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
- Use the Avaluator 2.0 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
- Proficiently carry out companion rescue, including multiple burials
- Understanding the limits of their avalanche skills training
A long career in the winter backcountry requires periodical training and the Avalanche Skills Training 2 is the go-to educational resource for experienced recreationists. If you’re looking to advance your skills in glacier-specific travel check out our one-day Glacier and Crevasse Rescue Course. At Powder Guides we believe in training people to become responsible backcountry travellers and by providing your next educational development we hope you can enjoy a lifetime of riding powder in the mountains, safely.
At Powder Guides we believe in training people to become responsible backcountry travellers. By letting us guide you through your first steps beyond the boundary, we hope you can enjoy a lifetime of riding powder in the mountains, safely.