For many people, taking the step from avalanche skills training to actually getting out touring in the backcountry can be a bit daunting. This course bridges the gap from theory to practice. The idea was actually developed by some of our students and the results have been spectacular. Your day starts with a trip-planning meeting facilitated by an experienced guide, followed by a full day of touring in avalanche terrain and a structured debrief to end the day. Students will gain the confidence to plan and execute their own trips as well as a ton of local knowledge about their touring destinations.
The course on March 10 will be held at Mount Washington.
Included in the price:
Use of transceiver, shovel and probe
Not included in the price:
Transportation, accommodation, food, clothing, personal equipment, lift ticket if required (IAG has access to specially-priced two-ride lift tickets at both Mount Washington and Mount Cain to facilitate a day of lift-accessed touring, and provided the course is taking place at one of these two locations)
- AST Plus (pdf)
$165.00 / person(at 4:1 ratio)
Great learning opportunity for anyone wanting to take their backcountry travel/avalanche terrain knowledge to the next level. Thank you Jan and Island Alpine Guides.Derek Jenkins, Victoria, BC.
Thanks Jan for an excellent day of instruction and coaching in the 'AST plus' course. Anyone who wants to boost their confidence in effectively planning a trip, and making critical decisions in the backcountry ought to attend. I learned a ton, and had a lot of fun.Thomas Kerr, Victoria, BC.
I wanted to say thanks to all of you again for a wonderful day out and for participating in this course last Sunday. A huge thanks to Jan for his expert instruction, guidance and encouragement as well! When I initiated the course with IAG, I could not have imagined a better group of folks to be out in the snow with! It was a super day of learning, pushing boundaries and enjoying new terrain at Mount Washington.Peggy Taylor, Victoria, BC.
I thought the course was great! Ken is a fantastic guide and the lessons we learned really stood out to me the following day after I read the avalanche report which essentially duplicated what Ken commented on. The conditions on Sunday were the type where I would stay inbounds and not even consider venturing into the backcountry, so having Ken show the group how to safely travel in these conditions was very beneficial.Corey, Victoria, BC
I went for a short tour soon after taking AST Plus. The information I learned on the course was spot on. The forecasted snow hadn't arrived so I was able to use the tools learned during the class to make an informed decision about what the level of risk reasonably was for our area and we had a great day! Before having taken that course, I wouldn't have had enough confidence to go out given the risk level predicted in the bulletin.EJ Hurst, Gabriola Island, BC