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.
Included in the price:
- 4 days of instruction
- Industry-recognized certificate of completion
- Avalanche Canada Student fee
Not included in the price:
- Accommodation for the instructor
- Personal equipment
- Avi kit
- Lift ticket(s)
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 $26.00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- AST2 Mount Cain (pdf)
$635.00 / person(at 8:1 ratio)
Tony and I wanted to say how much we enjoyed the course and Lyle's teaching. I'm someone who inherently looks for yes no answers to questions but Lyle further made me appreciate the subtle art of 'snow science'.Sebastian Wende, Australia
Thanks for an amazing course!Ulrike Schmidt, Victoria, BC
By far one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Instructors with unparalleled experience and understanding at IAG!Kurt Kaufman, Toledo, Ohio
I wanted to let you know how fantastic the AST2 course was this past weekend at Mt. Cain. Despite initial snow issues, it was good of you and Lyle to organize the snow to fall in different consistencies and depth over the four days, to make our learning during our profile practices more valuable. Lyle was a first-class guide. I liked his “what do you think” approach, rather than regurgitating the information at or to us. Being an educator, I know and appreciate good teaching practices when I see them. He was patient with all of my questions and often directed me to answer them myself with further investigation.Mully Jackson, Victoria, BC
I finally finished standing down from the AST2 course at Mt. Cain yesterday. I'm very pleased to have attended, and feel it was well worth the investment and time. You struck an excellent balance between theoretical knowledge, field exposure, and creative exercises. In particular, I learned a lot from the exercise of writing the forecasts under your direction. That was an excellent teaching technique, for it forced us to think ahead and anticipate conditions and how they would be changing. Thank you for putting together a very well done course, and presenting it well. I, and I'm sure the others, appreciated your willingness to put in some additional time with us beyond the minimum requirement.Bill Wallace, Malahat, BC
Henry really enjoyed the AST2 course at Mt. Cain last weekend. I think Joe was a good fit as an instructor for Henry. If you see Joe, please pass on my gratitude to him.Holly M, Cortez
Graeme was an awesome instructor to work with. Her provided an opportunity for everyone to contribute their observations and thoughts towards decision making. Mt. Cain was a spectacular location that provides a variety of real avalanche terrain to travel too.Anon.,