AST1 WASHINGTON

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$270.00 / 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.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% 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.

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AST1 CAIN

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$300.00 / 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.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% 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.

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AST2 WASHINGTON

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$550.00 / person

(at 6:1 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 be intermediate skiers as there are usually many ascents and descents.

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.

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AST1 FOR SLEDDERS

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$350.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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If you want to slay pow in avalanche terrain this is your ticket for entry. Our Avalanche Skills Training One for Sledders features a curriculum customized for snowmobilers and is 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 with one evening session. If there is an available trip listed below that spans two days, it's a course scheduled on two consecutive days. Where you see a date range of 7 or more days, it indicates a course that is spread out over multiple weekends.

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.

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AST PLUS

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$165.00 / 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).

Unless otherwise specified, all trips listed below will be taking place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

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

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YOUTH AST1 MOUNT WASHINGTON

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$270.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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Youths are welcome on all of our AST courses, though this is a special one just for participants aged 15-18. It follows the same curriculum.

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.

If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% 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.

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AVALANCHE SKILLS INTRO, VICTORIA

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$150.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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Our Victoria-based, one-day course covers the in-classroom theory session of the Avalanche Canada AST1 (Avalanche Skills Training One) curriculum, as well as an introduction to the basics of companion rescue. This allows students to get part one of the training done in the city first before travelling to the mountains on another weekend to take the Avalanche Skills Field Day. This provides the option of another day to play in the mountains on the second weekend, or to take the highly beneficial, one-day AST Plus course.

The combination of the Avalanche Skills Intro followed by the Avalanche Skills Field Day results in being awarded the AST1 certificate, though the one-day course is still a worthy endeavour on its own.

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AST2 CAIN

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$595.00 / person

(at 6:1 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 be intermediate skiers as there are usually many ascents and descents.

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.

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AVALANCHE SKILLS FIELD DAY

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$150.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio)
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Our Avalanche Skills Field day is either a stand-alone introductory avalanche field course, or part two of our Avalanche Skills Training One course for those who have done our one-day Avalanche Skills Intro and who wish to gain the AST1 certificate. Out on the field, we apply avalanche theory by looking at real avalanche terrain, doing group travel exercises in the terrain, digging snow profiles, using the Avaluator Trip Planner and Slope Assessment Toll, doing scenario-based companion rescue practice, and much more.

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

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AST2 FOR SLEDDERS

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$695.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Feb 16 - 24, 2019
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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.

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

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