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AST2 WASHINGTON

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.

Note This is a four-day course. 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.

Included in the price:

  • 4 days of instruction
  • Industry-recognized certificate of completion
  • Avalanche Canada Student fee

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Personal equipment
  • Avi kit
  • 2 Lift tickets for speedy access to the backcountry

Add-ons

  • Avi Kit rental $40.00

    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.

  • Lift ticket $52.00

    This specially priced lift ticket is mandatory if you do not own a season pass. If you are not purchasing this add-on, you must email us at info@islandalpineguides.com to confirm that you have a season pass, otherwise we will add a lift ticket to your booking. Lift Tickets once purchased are non-refundable.

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(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Jan 7 - 10, 2022
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Testimonials
Joe was amazing. Great communicator. Was able to share tons of information while giving us lots of opportunities to ask questions and make decisions. 10/10 would recommend Joe to anyone. Anon.,
What a fantastic course in plenty of different terrain. This was exactly what I was looking for to get me into the backcountry with more knowledge. Graeme is an awesome instructor with just the right amount of serious learning to fun ratio. Thanks Graeme! Ryan Seigel,
I have been ski-touring for 40+ years and along the way have learned many excellent snow lessons. But many of them were in the school of hard knocks, from sudden uncomfortable circumstances, including 4 avalanche rides and a crevasse self extrication adventure. In contrast, AST 2 was a safe, pleasant, stimulating, and stress free way to add to my practical knowledge of the effects of weather on snow, snowpack analysis, safe route finding in complex terrain, and finding buried skiers efficiently. All this occurred while Jan guided us through the best of both slack-country routes of Mt Washington and the adjacent terrain not accessible to the general public. Jan is an engaging and superlative teacher as he freely shares his wealth of avalanche knowledge and experience. And did I mention 60cm of new snow fell during Day 3 of the course? Jim Melling,