Course Schedule

Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST2) for sledders

Date: February 14, 2020 to February 17, 2020

So you've got your AST1 training and some experience riding in the mountains.  What's your next step?


AST2 for sledders in Mackenzie, North RockiesThis training steps it up - way up.

To register, email and we will explore if it's a good fit for you.

This particular course will be based out of Mackenzie, BC, with quick access to big terrain.  Instructed by Dave Merritt.  AST1 certification is a prerequisite, as well as a high degree of comfort riding your machine.

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An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

Learn more about travelling safely through avalanche terrain.

AST 2 Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use the Avaluator 2.0 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings vertification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
  • Be faimilar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Course cost: $660 plus GST.  A reminder: this course is in Mackenzie!

Email us for more details or to arrange for invoicing or over-the-phone registration.