Blacksheep Adventure Sports Weekends Only AST 2 Course
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 over two consecutive weekends.
If 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 a self-directed online theory module. It builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the AST 1 by exploring more advanced topics and snowpack 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.
This course is base out of the Squamish and Whistler area. The classroom material will be covered online followed by 4 days in the field. The exact location of the field days will be based on current conditions and weather but you can expect 1 or 2 days off of Whistler-Blackcomb assuming we are able to given their new operational guidelines. Lift tickets are not included in the cost of the course.
Day 0.5 – Online Learning:
- Online course material (4-5 hrs)
- Zoom Call to review material & plan for next day
Days 1 – 4 – Field Days:
- 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
- 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
- 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for pm debrief
- ACMG Certified Guide/Instructor
- AST 2 Program Materials
- Transportation to/from meeting points.
- Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
- Lift passes for Whistler-Blackcomb (if we use their lifts for access into the backcountry)