A specially-priced AST2 course for members of the Vancouver Island Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. 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 snow pack 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. This is a four-day course with two evening sessions. In the dates for courses listed below, if you see a date range of four days, it is a course of four consecutive days. Where you see a date range of nine days, it is a course that is running over two consecutive weekends.
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:
Instructor, use of transceiver, shovel, probe, industry recognized certificate of completion, and Canadian Avalanche Centre Student Fee.
Not included in the price:
Transportation, food, accommodation and personal clothing and equipment (list supplied on booking), lift tickets likely to be used on two days of the course. Transport, food and accommodation logistics are the responsibility of participants. We are happy to assist with suggestions and coordination.
- AST2 Mount Cain (pdf)