AST 2 - Avalanche Skills Training - Level 2

2020/21 Courses Open! Book Your Course in Banff, Rogers Pass, or Lethbridge/South Rockies


During a combination of classroom and field sessions, participants should expect to be fully involved in the day to day decision making on course, with the support and feedback of your ACMG Certified Instructor & Guide. Our curriculum is based on nationally standardized material from the Canadian Avalanche Centre. We take that a big step further and specifically focus on delivering a program to our students that is relevant to the current trends in free-skiing, split-boarding and technical alpine and ice climbing in avalanche terrain.


Field days have a heavy focus on getting students into the lead and making decisions on the move at the front of the group (if they're willing to do so). Our Guides will introduce a variety of new snow stability tests, as well as a more advanced set of snowpack analysis skills and their application, not previously introduced on the AST 1 Programs.


Students will leave the course feeling confident in their ability to make more independent decisions in more complicated avalanche terrain










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Is The AST 2 Course For You?


The AST 1 is a prerequisite for the AST 2. If you have not taken our 2 Day AST 1 Course, and are new to travel in Avalanche Terrain, check out our AST 1 Course HERE for program information.
The AST 2 Course requires that students have *all day hiking / walking fitness in the mountains and are able to keep that up over 4 days. Our Rockies based courses are generally easier physically, while we aim to put in bigger days on our Rogers Pass programs in more complex terrain. The primary focus of the AST 2 is to begin to incorporate the experience they have aquired since the AST 1 into their pre-trip and field based decision making. Specifically the AST 2 focuses on skills needed to make exceptions in the rule based systems learned in the AST 1 when current conditions or terrain are not in line with either the public avalanche bulletins or terrain ratings found in their pre-trip planning.




Students should be prepared at arrival to be moving at a pace of 2 to 3 km/hr in moderate
depth trailbreaking conditions. Students should also be prepared to, at minimum, to climb 
between 850-1500 vertical meters in ascent during each of the field days. Groups where
overall fitness is excaptionally higher may be able to approach total ascents closer to





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