The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is a two day course with a classroom and field component. Providing an entry-level decision making framework certified by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

 Avalanche Skills Training Course Certification

  • Level 1

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Certification

     

    • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release

    • Identify avalanche terrain

    • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip

    • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain

    • Perform a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available

    • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated

     

     AST 1 $250 per person (tax included)

     

     All participants receive a Freeriding In Avalanche Terrain course manual,  the Avaluator tool and a course completion certificate.

     

     * Course dates are flexible; we can always shift a day or two either way to accommodate a groups availability.

     

    Course dates:

     

    December 9th and 10th 2014

    December 11th and 12th 2014

    December 16th and 17th 2014

    December 20th and 21st 2014

    December 29th and 30th 2014

     

    February 4th and 5th 2015

    February 7th and 8th 2015

    February 12th and 13th 2015

    February 16th and 17th 2015

    February 19th and 20th 2015

    February 21st and 22nd 2015

    February 25th and 26th 2015

    February 27th and 28th 2015

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

    $6.25 per person is a financial contribution to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) included in the course fee. It is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the CAC to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.

     

    Thank You for your contribution.

     

    January 3rd and 4th 2015

    January 6th and 7th 2015

    January 13rd and 14th 2015

    January 17th and 18th 2015

    January 20th and 21st 2015

    January 24th and 25th 2015

    January 28th and 29th 2015

    January 31th and February 1st 2015

     

    March 13th and 14th

    March 15th and 16th

     

     

  • Level 2

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Certification

     

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely

    • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale

    • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings

    • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk

    • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions

    • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

     

     The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

     

     The AST level 2 will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and skills for better decision making in avalanche terrain. This 4-day program is the next logical step after completing the AST 1. Similar topics will be covered with more depth and emphasis on adapting personal exposure based on changing conditions & field observations. This course provides the highest level of recreational avalanche training. It is also a stepping stone for further CAA industry training programs.

     

    Cost: $650 (tax included + applicable hut fees)

     

    December 19th to 22nd 2014

    January 16th to 19th 2015

    February 19th to 22nd 2015

    March 6th to 9th 2015

     

     Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

  • Refresher

    For students who have not taken avalanche training in awhile, consider doing the recently developed Companion Rescue course. This program is a one day field program which gives you opportunity to review and renew your skills, get information about new avalanche equipment, as well as discover updated probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.

     

    •  Consider and incorporate preventative measures

    •  Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche

    •  Understand the function of airbags

    •  Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills

    •  Apply search and rescue techniques

    •  Practice searching without a transceiver

    •  Consider multiple burial situations

    •  Organize a group rescue

    •  Identify post-incident considerations

     

    Cost: $100 (tax included)

     

    Location: Whistler Blackcomb area

     

    Dates: Available upon request

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access lunch, transceiver, probe, shovel and back country touring equipment each day.

     

REGISTER

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is a two day course with a classroom and field component. Providing an entry-level decision making framework certified by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

 Avalanche Skills Training Course Certification

  • Level 1

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Certification

     

    • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release

    • Identify avalanche terrain

    • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip

    • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain

    • Perform a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available

    • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated

     

     AST 1 $250 per person (tax included)

     

     All participants receive a Freeriding In Avalanche Terrain course manual,  the Avaluator tool and a course completion certificate.

     

     * Course dates are flexible; we can always shift a day or two either way to accommodate a groups availability.

     

    Course dates:

     

    December 9th and 10th 2014

    December 11th and 12th 2014

    December 16th and 17th 2014

    December 20th and 21st 2014

    December 29th and 30th 2014

     

    February 4th and 5th 2015

    February 7th and 8th 2015

    February 12th and 13th 2015

    February 16th and 17th 2015

    February 19th and 20th 2015

    February 21st and 22nd 2015

    February 25th and 26th 2015

    February 27th and 28th 2015

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

    $6.25 per person is a financial contribution to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) included in the course fee. It is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the CAC to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.

     

    Thank You for your contribution.

     

    January 3rd and 4th 2015

    January 6th and 7th 2015

    January 13rd and 14th 2015

    January 17th and 18th 2015

    January 20th and 21st 2015

    January 24th and 25th 2015

    January 28th and 29th 2015

    January 31th and February 1st 2015

     

    March 13th and 14th

    March 15th and 16th

     

     

  • Level 2

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Certification

     

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely

    • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale

    • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings

    • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk

    • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions

    • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

     

     The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

     

     The AST level 2 will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and skills for better decision making in avalanche terrain. This 4-day program is the next logical step after completing the AST 1. Similar topics will be covered with more depth and emphasis on adapting personal exposure based on changing conditions & field observations. This course provides the highest level of recreational avalanche training. It is also a stepping stone for further CAA industry training programs.

     

    Cost: $650 (tax included + applicable hut fees)

     

    December 19th to 22nd 2014

    January 16th to 19th 2015

    February 19th to 22nd 2015

    March 6th to 9th 2015

     

     Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

  • Refresher

    For students who have not taken avalanche training in awhile, consider doing the recently developed Companion Rescue course. This program is a one day field program which gives you opportunity to review and renew your skills, get information about new avalanche equipment, as well as discover updated probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.

     

    •  Consider and incorporate preventative measures

    •  Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche

    •  Understand the function of airbags

    •  Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills

    •  Apply search and rescue techniques

    •  Practice searching without a transceiver

    •  Consider multiple burial situations

    •  Organize a group rescue

    •  Identify post-incident considerations

     

    Cost: $100 (tax included)

     

    Location: Whistler Blackcomb area

     

    Dates: Available upon request

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access lunch, transceiver, probe, shovel and back country touring equipment each day.

     

REGISTER

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is a two day course with a classroom and field component. Providing an entry-level decision making framework certified by  Avalanche Canada.

 Avalanche Skills Training Course Certification

  • Level 1

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Certification

     

    • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release

    • Identify avalanche terrain

    • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip

    • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain

    • Perform a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available

    • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated

     

     AST 1 $250 per person (tax included)

     

     All participants receive a Freeriding In Avalanche Terrain course manual,  the Avaluator tool and a course completion certificate.

     

     * We can always add another date to accommodate your group.

     

    Course dates:

     

    December 11th and 12th 2014

    December 16th and 17th 2014

    December 20th and 21st 2014

    December 29th and 30th 2014

     

    February 4th and 5th 2015

    February 7th and 8th 2015

    February 12th and 13th 2015

    February 16th and 17th 2015

    February 19th and 20th 2015

    February 21st and 22nd 2015

    February 25th and 26th 2015

    February 27th and 28th 2015

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

    $6.25 per person is a financial contribution to  Avalanche Canada included in the course fee. It is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the Avalanche Canada to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.

     

    Thank You for your contribution.

     

    January 3rd and 4th 2015

    January 6th and 7th 2015

    January 13rd and 14th 2015

    January 17th and 18th 2015

    January 20th and 21st 2015

    January 24th and 25th 2015

    January 28th and 29th 2015

    January 31th and February 1st 2015

     

    March 13th and 14th

    March 15th and 16th

     

     

    REGISTER

  • Level 2

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Certification

     

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely

    • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale

    • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings

    • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk

    • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions

    • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

     

     The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

     

     The AST level 2 will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and skills for better decision making in avalanche terrain. This 4-day program is the next logical step after completing the AST 1. Similar topics will be covered with more depth and emphasis on adapting personal exposure based on changing conditions & field observations. This course provides the highest level of recreational avalanche training. It is also a stepping stone for further CAA industry training programs.

     

    Cost: $650 (tax included + applicable hut fees)

     

    December 19th to 22nd 2014

    January 16th to 19th 2015

    February 19th to 22nd 2015

    March 6th to 9th 2015

     

     Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

     

    REGISTER

  • Refresher

    For students who have not taken avalanche training in awhile, consider doing the recently developed Companion Rescue course. This program is a one day field program which gives you opportunity to review and renew your skills, get information about new avalanche equipment, as well as discover updated probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.

     

    •  Consider and incorporate preventative measures

    •  Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche

    •  Understand the function of airbags

    •  Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills

    •  Apply search and rescue techniques

    •  Practice searching without a transceiver

    •  Consider multiple burial situations

    •  Organize a group rescue

    •  Identify post-incident considerations

     

    Cost: $100 (tax included)

     

    Location: Whistler Blackcomb area

     

    Dates: Available upon request

     

    Participants are responsible for their own lift access lunch, transceiver, probe, shovel and back country touring equipment each day.

     

    REGISTER

REGISTER

 

 

 

 Avalanche Skills Training Instructor

Jennifer Godbout

 Jennifer Godbout is Canada's highest certified female snowboard guide. There is nowhere else she'd rather be than in the mountains, sharing her passion for the outdoors.

 

 Qualifications

•  Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 Mod 2

•  Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship Recipient

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Advanced Weather for Avalanche

    Professionals

•  Active Member of the CAA

•  Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Level C

•  Yamanska Mountain Skills & Outdoor Leadership Semester

•  Canadian Association Snowboard Instructors Level 2 & Freestyle Level 1

•  Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 1

•  Fluent in French and Spanish

•  Still writes in cursive

•  Makes her own bed daily

Required Equipment

•  Touring skis; split snowboard; or, snow shoes and snowboard. Alpine Trekker touring inserts for alpine skis are

     acceptable if you are experienced with them

•  Boots - touring boots appropriate to your bindings. Regular alpine boots may be fine as long as they are not a tight

     fitting race boot

•  Poles

•  Climbing skins for skis or split board

•  Day pack, approx 30-40 liters capacity suitable for carrying all required gear. Snowboarders must have a pack that

     can hold a snowboard for the ascents

•  Hard shell outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex

•  Outer shell pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring

•  Personal clothing layers that are adjustable and suitable for all conditions

•  Gaiters (unless your ski pants have built-in gaiters or snow-cuffs)

•  Gloves (extra pair)

•  Warm parka - down, fleece or pile

•  Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down

•  Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece

•  Sunglasses

•  Goggles

•  Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)

•  Water bottle/hydration system w/insulation - min. 1 liter

•   Lunch and snacks

 

For the Level 2 a snow science kit (thermometer, crystal screen and magnifying loupe) is also recommended for this course.

 Avalanche Skills Training Instructor

Jennifer Godbout

 Jennifer Godbout is Canada's highest certified female snowboard guide. There is nowhere else she'd rather be than in the mountains, sharing her passion for the outdoors.

 

 Qualifications

•  Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 Mod 2

•  Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship Recipient

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Advanced Weather for Avalanche

    Professionals

•  Active Member of the CAA

•  Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Level C

•  Yamanska Mountain Skills & Outdoor Leadership Semester

•  Canadian Association Snowboard Instructors Level 2 & Freestyle Level 1

•  Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 1

•  Fluent in French and Spanish

•  Still writes in cursive

•  Makes her own bed daily

Required Equipment

•  Touring skis; split snowboard; or, snow shoes and snowboard. Alpine Trekker touring inserts for alpine skis are

     acceptable if you are experienced with them

•  Boots - touring boots appropriate to your bindings. Regular alpine boots may be fine as long as they are not a tight

     fitting race boot

•  Poles

•  Climbing skins for skis or split board

•  Day pack, approx 30-40 liters capacity suitable for carrying all required gear. Snowboarders must have a pack that

     can hold a snowboard for the ascents

•  Hard shell outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex

•  Outer shell pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring

•  Personal clothing layers that are adjustable and suitable for all conditions

•  Gaiters (unless your ski pants have built-in gaiters or snow-cuffs)

•  Gloves (extra pair)

•  Warm parka - down, fleece or pile

•  Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down

•  Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece

•  Sunglasses

•  Goggles

•  Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)

•  Water bottle/hydration system w/insulation - min. 1 liter

•   Lunch and snacks

 

For the Level 2 a snow science kit (thermometer, crystal screen and magnifying loupe) is also recommended for this course.

 Avalanche Skills Training Instructor

Jennifer Godbout

 Jennifer Godbout is Canada's highest certified female snowboard guide. There is nowhere else she'd rather be than in the mountains, sharing her passion for the outdoors.

 

 Qualifications

•  Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 Mod 2

•  Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship Recipient

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Advanced Weather for Avalanche

    Professionals

•  Active Member of the CAA

•  Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Level C

•  Yamanska Mountain Skills & Outdoor Leadership Semester

•  Canadian Association Snowboard Instructors Level 2 & Freestyle Level 1

•  Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 1

•  Fluent in French and Spanish

•  Still writes in cursive

•  Makes her own bed daily

Required Equipment

•  Touring skis; split snowboard; or, snow shoes and snowboard. Alpine Trekker touring inserts for alpine skis are

     acceptable if you are experienced with them

•  Boots - touring boots appropriate to your bindings. Regular alpine boots may be fine as long as they are not a tight

     fitting race boot

•  Poles

•  Climbing skins for skis or split board

•  Day pack, approx 30-40 liters capacity suitable for carrying all required gear. Snowboarders must have a pack that

     can hold a snowboard for the ascents

•  Hard shell outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex

•  Outer shell pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring

•  Personal clothing layers that are adjustable and suitable for all conditions

•  Gaiters (unless your ski pants have built-in gaiters or snow-cuffs)

•  Gloves (extra pair)

•  Warm parka - down, fleece or pile

•  Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down

•  Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece

•  Sunglasses

•  Goggles

•  Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)

•  Water bottle/hydration system w/insulation - min. 1 liter

•   Lunch and snacks

 

For the Level 2 a snow science kit (thermometer, crystal screen and magnifying loupe) is also recommended for this course.

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