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.
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.
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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.
Included in the price:
- 4 days of instruction
- Slopeside classroom
- Industry-recognized certificate of completion
- Avalanche Canada Student fee
Not included in the price:
- Personal equipment (including sled)
- Avi kit
Avi kit rental $40.00
Transceiver, shovel and probe. Available as a package only. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, otherwise you will need to rent a kit from us to take part.