Lodge Based AST 2

AST 2 course from a beautiful backcountry lodge!

ASTThe AST 2 course builds upon the knowledge gained during the AST 1 providing the next step in your avalanche skills development. To fully enjoy the backcountry it’s crucial you understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk but still maximize the fun. If you’re a serious backcountry skier or split boarder who wants to build a solid knowledge base to safely expand your backcountry horizons, see some amazing mountains and ski some sic lines then this is the course for you. It will be a valuable investment in your mountain safety training and will significantly increase your avalanche knowledge and experience in a fun and enjoyable way.

This is a hands-on avalanche training course featuring extensive practical field experience augmented with one day of classroom theory and discussions. The AST 2 course builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the AST 1 by exploring more advanced topics and snow tests. The curriculum is designed to give a solid grounding in the essentials and is based on the requirements set out by Avalanche Canada. Your instructors are certified guides who are seasoned in ski touring, heliskiing and avalanche forecasting. This program is suitable for those who have taken an AST 1 course in the past or are more experienced backcountry skiers looking to expand their skills.

ASTASTThe course includes four days of instruction with an ACMG guide and certified avalanche forecaster, 4 days accommodation at the luxurious Journeyman Lodge, snowcat/snowmobile transfers, food while at the lodge, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain book by Bruce Tremper, Avaluator 2.0, field book, and a course certificate. As we we’re based at a ski lodge you’ll be able to focus on learning and having fun with no outside distractions. It also maximizes your time in actual avalanche terrain as we ski right from the door.

Length:​​ 4 days
Cost:​​ $1399 plus GST (early booking discount)
Dates & Availability:​​ December 30, 2019 to January 2, 2020
Availability:​​ 5 spots left with several room options
Location:​​ Journeyman Lodge/Callaghan Park


Day 1 – Travel & Classroom Sessions

  • 7:00am: AM meeting / session
  • 8:15am: Head to the Calaghan staging area
  • 10:30am: Snowcat ride into the Lodge
  • 11:00am: Classroom session
  • 3:30pm: A quick ski lap
  • 5:30pm: Evening classroom session
  • 7:00pm: Dinner
  • 10:00pm: Lights out

Day 2 & 3 – Field Days:

  • 7:00am: AM meeting / session
  • 7:45am: Buffet breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
  • 9:00am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
  • 4:00pm: Back at the Lodge for some Apres and maybe a sauna
  • 5:00pm: Evening session
  • 7:00pm: Dinner
  • 10:00pm: Lights out

Day 4 – Departure Day:

  • 7:00am: AM meeting / session
  • 7:45am: Buffet breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
  • 8:30am: Head out the door for a half day of ski touring & learning
  • 1:00pm: Back at lodge for a quick afternoon session
  • 2:00pm: Catch the shuttle back to the parking lot


Monte Johnston, CAA Professional Member & Mountain Guide
  • ACMG Certified Guides & AST Instructors
  • Snowcat/Sled Shuttle to the Lodge
  • Food & Accommodation


  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
  • Alcoholic beverages. With no pop, booze, wine or beer available at the lodge be sure to bring some with you.

Fine Print:

  • A $600 deposit is due upon booking
  • The final payment is due November 1st
  • Trips subject to 5% GST
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies
  • Participants will be required to sign an ACMG Waiver as well as a lodge specific waiver

Canadian Avalanche Association