$250.00 / person(at 6:1 ratio)
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Avalanche kit rental includes transceiver, shovel and probe. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, and a solid shovel and probe. If you do not have all three of these things then you must rent a kit from us to take part. Avi Kits once rented are non-refundable.
AST+ provides a structured pre-trip planning session, followed by a practical day in the field. Students will gain knowledge about local terrain, and put skills into practice along the way.
- Analyze maps, weather forecasts, ATES ratings, and avalanche bulletins to choose suitable terrain for the day
- Use of planning tools and other resources in pre-trip planning process
- Review of mountain and snowpack areas of concern
- Assess terrain for easiest and safest route of ascent
- Efficient up tracking through simple and challenging terrain
- Opportunities to practice setting a skin track and route find
- Group management practice, ascending and descending
- Using the Avaluator trip planner and slope assessment car as decision-making tools
- Practice and feedback
- Pre-trip planning session
- A day of backcountry ski touring with an ACMG guide
- Personal gear and equipment
- Avi kit (transceiver, shovel, probe - available as an add-on)
- Volunteer-run ski hill located 20 km from Woss - see driving directions here
- The road to Mount Cain is a serious mountain road and requires chains and winter tires
- Washroom facilities available
- There is no potable water (rental cabins supplied with water jugs, otherwise please bring what you require)
- Parking lot is often used for car camping (there may be other groups using this area, so please be respectful of others by keeping the noise to a minimum and packing out what you pack in)
- Check out Mount Cain’s accommodation rental page for accommodation details.
On the morning of our course, we will meet in person (outdoors) for our pre-trip-planning session then head out for a full day of touring in avalanche terrain, gaining knowledge about local terrain and putting skills into practice along the way, all facilitated by an experienced guide. We will end the day with a structured debrief to cement important lessons of the day.
- Are a strong intermediate skier or boarder (able to ride blue square-equivalent runs comfortably and safely in natural conditions)
- Have moderate fitness (able to hike for 2-3 hours/day)
- Have a basic understanding of your gear, and any limitations (consider practicing with your transceiver beforehand and your transitions with your touring set up in and out of walk and ride mode)
- Are prepared to spend the day outside in variable conditions (please see gear list)
Note: if you are unsure if you meet these requirements, in particular the riding ability, please reach out! We are always happy to discuss alternatives or set up private courses to meet individual needs.
These items are available as an add on “avalanche kit” when you book, or by request for $15.
- Avalanche Transceiver (must be a modern, digital three-antenna)
- Shovel: Collapsible aluminum shovel
- Probe: Normal length probe somewhere from 220cm to 320cm
- Ski touring skis/board
- Ski touring/snowboard boots
- Day pack (30 - 40L, or whatever will fit your gear)
- Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
- Lightweight, breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)
- Insulated jacket (down or synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)
- Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning
- Warm gloves
- Warm hat
- Balaclava or another type of neck warmer
- Base layers (top and bottom)
- Lunch and snacks (prepared ahead of time and consumable on the go)
- Sun hat
- Ski strap
- Personal first aid (e.g. blister kit, medication)
Trip Planning and Learning Aids
- Avaluator Trip Planner and Slope Assessment tool (these will be available to you if you have taken an AST1 – if you have not, please contact us)
- Current Island Avalanche Bulletin (saved to phone or printed)
- ATES rating documents for the touring area (saved to phone or printed)
- Map of the touring area
- Notebook and pencil (Rite in the Rain recommended)
Questions? Check out our FAQ page for information about gear fitting, rentals, add ons, and other commonly asked questions, or send us an email.