Avalanche Skills Training

All winter outdoor enthusiasts need to educate themselves about avalanche hazard and safe travel in the winter backcountry.

Our Avalanche Skills Training (AST) course, offered through our Big Mountain Centre, is an excellent resource for those interested in winter backcountry recreation who haven’t been formally trained about avalanche hazards.

The program is offered every second weekend throughout the ski season for only $205 per person. The AST course focuses on avalanche hazard recognition and avoidance to help participants with their own decision making in the field. It is also a prerequisite for the CAA level 1 course. AST courses will be held on the following weekends this winter

December: 19-20

January: 2-3, 9-10 & 23-24

February: 6-7, 20-21

March: 12-13 & 26-27

April: 9-10

This 2 day course covers avalanche terrain recognition and avoidance, companion rescue, and how to use the Avaluator, a decision support tool. All courses are taught by professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and have an instructor to student ratio of 8:1. French courses available upon request.

There is a minimum of 3 students required for each course

We also offer a one day Companion Rescue Skills courses available upon request at a cost of $95 per Person. (Minimum 3 students needed)

Additional courses are available upon request.

Reservations are required, call 250.439.5467 for more details.

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