Lodge Based AST 2:

Avalanche Skills Training course from a beautiful backcountry lodge!

ASTThe Avalanche Skills Training 2 (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 awareness training course featuring extensive practical field experience augmented with one day of classroom theory and discussions. This 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, 3 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. This will allow you to focus on learning and having fun with no outside distractions and maximizes your time in the terrain as we ski right from the door.

Length:​​ 4 days (1 classroom & 3 field days)
Cost:​​ $1449 plus GST per student
Dates & Availability:​​ December 12-15, 2019 – 6 spots avail.
Field Days Location:​​ Journeyman Lodge/Calaghan Park
Classroom Day Location:​​ Exact TBD (North Van or Squamish)


Day 1 – Classroom Session

  • 9:00am to 4:00pm: Classroom Learning
  • Location TBD (options include North Vancouver, Squamish or Whistler)

Day 2 – First Field Day:

  • 7:00am: AM meeting / session
  • 8:15am: Head to the Calaghan Staging Area.
  • 10:30am: Snowcat ride into the Lodge.
  • 11:30am: Drop our luggage off at the Lodge & head out touring for the afternoon.
  • 4:00pm: Back at the Lodge for Apres, Sauna and some R&R.
  • 5:00pm: Evening session
  • 7:00pm: Dinner.
  • 10:00pm: Lights out.

Day 3 – Field Day:

  • 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 an afternoon session.
  • 2:00pm: Catch the shuttle back to the parking lot.


Monte Johnston, your lead guide & avalanche guru
  • ACMG Certified Guides & AST Instructors
  • Snowcat/Sled Shuttle to the Lodge
  • Food & Accommodation for days 2-4


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

Fine Print:

Canadian Avalanche Association