AST1 WASHINGTON

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$295.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to understand the formation of avalanches, to recognize avalanche terrain, understand how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins, to plan backcountry trips and to enact critical avalanche rescue skills.

Island Alpine Guides courses at Mount Washington benefit from quick and exclusive access using lifts at the resort to get us straight into great backcountry terrain for touring, learning and riding.

Skis and snowboards travel down hill much more quickly than snowshoes. If you wish to travel both up and downhill on snowshoes please register for the December 26-27, the first of the two Feb 27-28 courses OR March 13-14 course. All other courses require that participants can slide downhill on skis or snowboard (though they may use snowshoes to go uphill if they wish). If you are not at minimum a strong intermediate level skier or boarder please sign up for one of the snowshoe courses.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 CAIN

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$315.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little-to-no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card, and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

We operate courses at Mount Cain only for contiguous groups who have their accommodation organized including a space that can be used as a classroom and to house the instructor. If you'd like us to run a course at Mount Cain for your group please contact us.

As COVID-19 restrictions will prevent us from meeting in-person for the classroom day, this course will offer three evening Zoom sessions during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with an in-person field day on Saturday.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST2 WASHINGTON

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$590.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training Two is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple beacon searches and how to solve these sometimes complex searches. The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience touring and should be strong intermediate level skiers at minimum.

Schedule: This is a four-day course with two evening sessions. If there is an available trip listed that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

NOTE: The course scheduled to run March 15-21 will include three evening classroom Zoom sessions (running 6:30-9:00pm) from March 15-17, and three field days at Mount Washington from 19-21. March 18 is provided as a day off for travel.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST2 CAIN

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$635.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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The Avalanche Skills Training Two is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple beacon searches and how to solve these sometimes complex searches. The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience touring and should be strong intermediate level skiers at minimum.

We operate courses at Mount Cain only for contiguous groups who have their accommodation organized including a space that can be used as a classroom and to house the instructor. If you'd like us to run a course at Mount Cain for your group please contact us.

Schedule: This is a four-day course with two evening sessions. If there is an available trip listed that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST+ Theory to Practice

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$200.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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For many people, taking the step from avalanche skills training to actually getting out touring in the backcountry can be a bit daunting. This course bridges the gap from theory to practice. The idea was actually developed by some of our students and the results have been spectacular. Your day starts with a trip-planning meeting facilitated by an experienced guide, followed by a full day of touring in avalanche terrain and a structured debrief to end the day. Students will gain the confidence to plan and execute their own trips as well as a ton of local knowledge about their touring destinations.

If your course is taking place at an operational ski hill, the lifts will be used to increase the amount of time spent in avalanche terrain, as well as quantity of downhill riding on the day. To facilitate this, we've arranged access to specially priced, 2-ride lift tickets that you'll purchase as an add-on below (unless you have a seasons pass or access to your own ticket).

Besides the course running January 9 at Mount Cain, all trips listed below will be taking place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST2 FOR SLEDDERS

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$740.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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For those who have taken their AST1, this is the next step. The Avalanche Skills Training Two (AST2) is an advanced avalanche course which takes a closer look at how avalanches form and how to manage more complex terrain. We delve deeper into the snowpack and learn how to apply different tests to help gain an understanding of snow stability and strength. Transceiver training moves into the realm of multiple burial searches and how to solve these sometimes complex problems.

The course is 90% saddle time, learning about terrain selection and applying your skills in the mountains along with a fully qualified avalanche forecaster who is also an accomplished sledder. Evenings will consist of reviewing online resources, post trip debriefing and making a plan for the next day's objectives based on the most up-to-date weather and snowpack information available.

Schedule: This is a four-day course with evening sessions. If there is an available trip listed below that spans four days, it's a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it indicates a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.

_The AST1 or equivalent training or experience are required as a prerequisite for this course. Participants should have at least one season of experience after taking the AST1 or equivalent.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 FOR SLEDDERS

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$365.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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Our Avalanche Skills Training One for Sledders features a customized curriculum taught by a sledder who is also a fully qualified avalanche forecaster.

This entry-level course is designed for individuals with little to no formal avalanche training. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator trip planner and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

Schedule
This is a two-day course consisting of a Classroom day and a Field day.

Location for the field day is the Mount Washington area backcountry, accessed from kilometre eleven on Mount Washington Rd.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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AST1 SNOWSHOE

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$295.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Feb 19 - 20, 2022
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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card, and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack.

This course for snowshoers will be held at Mount Washington.

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