Dates and Prices
*January 20th course is run over two consecutive sessions: January 20-21 and January 27-28, 2015.
*March 7th course is run over two consecutive weekends: March 7-8 and March 14-15, 2015
$595 CDN includes 4 days of instruction, books and use of safety and snow study equipment. An AST 2 certificate will be issued on successful completion.*
*To be eligible for the AST 2 certificate participants must first have taken the AST 1 course through an Avalanche Canada recognized provider. Yamnuska offers the AST 1 course on most weekends throughout the winter months. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
Guests should be intermediate/advanced downhill skiers or split boarders and should have had backcountry skiing/riding experience before the course. 'Intermediate/advanced' means that you are comfortable making parallel turns on ungroomed blue terrain at a ski hill and that you have the ski skills to deal safely with ungroomed black diamond terrain (you can stop, turn around and then traverse out of areas you can't handle). This should not be your first backcountry skiing trip and you will need to be efficient in using your ski touring or split boarding equipment. In the Yamnuska context, a minimum would be prior participation on our Intro to Backcountry Skiing, Wapta Traverse, or Intro to Ski Mountaineering trips with additional personal days of touring totaling approximately 5-7 days.
You also need to be in good aerobic shape, as you will have to 'skin' up everything you ski down. On the field days you should expect full days of touring from 7-10km return and 300-500m of elevation gain. This will be with a daypack containing your lunch, water, avalanche gear, and spare clothing. We also offer this program based out of Rogers Pass, British Columbia. See here for details.
Previous avalanche training is not required, however to receive your AST 2 certificate you must have taken an AST 1 with Yamnuska or another approved provider in the past.
Avalanches are the greatest hazard facing the winter backcountry traveller. To fully enjoy the backcountry it's crucial to be able to understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk.
If you're a serious backcountry skier or winter mountaineer who wants to build a solid knowledge base to safely expand your backcountry horizons, then this is the course for you. It will be a valuable investment in your mountain safety training and significantly increase your avalanche knowledge.
This is a hands-on program 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 guides who are seasoned in ski touring, heliskiing and forecasting. This program is suitable for those who have taken the AST 1 program in the past, or for experienced backcountry skiers looking to expand their skills.
For advanced skiers we also offer this four day program in Rogers Pass. This is one of the most exciting backcountry ski locations in Western Canada, and is a great spot to learn how to evaluate avalanche conditions to keep safe in steeper and more complex terrain.