Lodge Based AST 2

Using the remote Journeyman Lodge as a home-base, this fully catered AST 2 course is ideal for anyone that wants to take the next step in their avalanche skills development. As we’ll be based out of a remote ski lodge we put our skis (or board) on at the door, no long walks up from the valley or waiting for ski lifts to open. This allows us to really immerse everyone into the program and maximize our time in avalanche terrain learning the skills needed for safe backcountry travel. Even better, there’s great skiing, amazing food and luxurious accommodation with a sauna!

The Program:

The Avalanche Skills Training 2 – AST 2 course is your next step in avalanche skills development after completing an introductory course. To fully enjoy the backcountry it’s crucial you understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk. Our AST 2 course addresses these issues over a comprehensive four day training period.

ASTIf you’re a serious backcountry skier, ski mountaineer or split-boarder who wants to build a solid knowledge base to safely expand your backcountry horizons, then this is the avalanche awareness training course for you. It will be a valuable investment in your mountain safety training and will significantly increase your avalanche knowledge and experience.

This is a hands-on avalanche awareness training course featuring extensive practical field experience augmented with one day of classroom theory and discussions. This avalanche ski training 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 the AST 1 Avalanche Skills Training Course in the past, or for experienced backcountry skiers looking to expand their skills.

The Lodge:

The Journeyman Lodge is found in the heart of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, deep in the Upper Callaghan Basin at 4,500′ (1,370m) above sea level. Accessed by Snowcat, it offers many of the comforts of home in a pristine skiers paradise. Great family style meals, a warm lodge and a wood fired sauna. The parking lot is located 90min from downtown Vancouver.

The Skiing:

With 3,500 Hectares of amazing skiing just outside the door the Callaghan has limitless potential. From majestic old growth forests to high alpine glaciers there’s great skiing for every ability and fitness level. Each day after breakfast and a short classroom session skis are put on at the front door and you will follow your ACMG certified guide into mountains for a day of learning.

Trip Details:​

Length:​​ 4 days
Cost:​​ $1,499 to $1699 per person (depending on room)
Dates & Availability:
  – December 30 to January 2, 2020:​​ Booked, email us for 2021 dates
Meeting Location:​​ Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures located at #4 Callaghan Valley Road, Whistler BC. For a Google Map link click here.


Day 1 – Arrival Day:

  • 7:30am: Meet in the Map Room at Howe Sound Inn for a classroom session
  • 10:30am: Drive up to the Journeyman Lodge Staging Area.
  • 11:30am: Sign waivers and organize fro the Snowcat ride into the Lodge.
  • 3:30pm: Bust out for a brief field session & a quick ski lap if time allows.
  • 5:00pm: Back at the Lodge for Apres, Sauna and an evening session.
  • 7:00pm: Dinner.
  • 10:00pm: Lights out.

Days 2 & 3 – Field Days:

  • 7:30am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier).
  • 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
  • 10:00am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning.
  • 4:00pm: Back at the Lodge for some Apres and an evening session.
  • 7:00pm: Dinner.
  • 10:00pm: Lights out.

Day 4 – Departure Day:

  • 7:30am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier).
  • 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
  • 9:30am: Head out for a final field session & ski run.
  • 1:30pm: Back at the Lodge to pack up.
  • 2:00pm: Catch the shuttle back to the parking lot.

Your Instructor/Guide:

Monte Johnston: IFMGA / ACMG Mountain Guide

A full-time Skiing, Mountaineering & Climbing Guide Monte calls Squamish, BC home. After graduating university with an engineering degree he found he wasn’t satisfied only chasing his passion for the mountains on weekends and evenings. This led him away from working behind a desk into a life of guiding, avalanche forecasting and movie/film safety work. Monte has since climbed and skied all over the world. In the summer he can be found guiding anything from remote mountain peaks to warm sun kissed rock across BC and Alberta. In the winter Monte splits his time between heli-skiing in Bella Coola and ski touring in Japan, the Coast Range and any other cool places he can find some powder.


  • ACMG Certified Guides
  • Snowcat/Sled Shuttle to the Lodge
  • Accommodation
  • All your Meals
  • AST 2 Program Materials


  • Transportation to the staging area.
    • Shuttles are available from the airport to Squamish and we can help with transport to the staging area from there.
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
  • Beverages:
    • There’s no pop, booze, wine or beer for sale at the lodge so be sure to bring some with you.

Fine Print:

  • A $600 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 60 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • Room upgrades are subject to an additional fee.
  • Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.
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