Whistler Avalanche Courses - Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

Avalanche awareness is a necessity for anyone skiing, boarding and traveling in the mountains during the winter. This is a course for those just branching out from downhill skiing and wishing to acquire appropriate entry level safety skills, proper instruction in uphill skinning techniques, assessing mountain environments and of course, the fun of riding powder.

Learning outcome: AST lv 1 certificate and developed understanding of winter hazards with increased confidence in decision making in avalanche terrain.  

Course Outline: Book Now

  • Understanding the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identifying avalanche terrain.
  • Planning and carrying out a trip.
  • Using the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool
  • Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins
  • Evaluating snowpack stability
  • Mountain weather forecasting
  • Risk management plan
  • Using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carrying out a companion  rescue

Location: Whistler - Blackcomb Backcountry
Duration: 2.5 days
Distance: approx. 8-11 km. per day
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Elevation Gain: approx. 650m + per day
Ratio: 8:1
Prerequisites: Strong intermediate skier/boarder comfortable on black runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level. No previous Backcountry experience required

Watch a 35min Video from one of our Ast Lv 1 classes

Dates:

November 11 -13, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun) Squamish, Overnight at Elfin Lake Hut.Avalanche course

Group A) November 18 -20, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun) Squamish, Overnight at Elfin Lake Hut.avalanche course

Group B) November 18 -20, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun) Squamish, Overnight at Elfin Lake Hut.avalanche course

November 22 - 24, 2016 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

November 25 - 27, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun) avalanche course

December 2 - 4, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

December 9 - 11, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

December 19 - 21, 2016 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) Avalanche Course

January 3 - 5, 2017 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)avalanche course

*January 3 - 5, 2017 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) Overnight at Sweetwater Lane Farm, Village of Pemberton

January 13-15, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

January 16 - 18, 2017 (Mon, Tues, Wed)

January 20 -22, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

*January 20 -22, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun) Overnight at Sweetwater Lane Farm, Village of Pemberton

January 27 - 29, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) Avalanche Course

February 3 - 5, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

February 6 - 8, 2017 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) Avalanche Course

February 10 - 12, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

February 14 - 16, 2017 Mid-week: (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

February 24 - 26 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 3 - 5, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 7 - 9, 2017 Mid-week: (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

March 10 - 12, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 13 - 15, 2017 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) Avalanche Course

March 17 - `18, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 21 - 23, 2017 Mid-week: (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

March 24 - 26, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mar. 31 - April 2, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

April 4 - 6, 2017 Mid-week: (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

* courses offered at the Sweetwater Lane Farm, for more info...

Cost: $ 275 per person + tax % | Discounts available for group bookings of 5 or more. Book Now

Full payment is required upon booking our Programs. Cancellations and changes to bookings must be made in writing (email, fax, mail) or by phone to Coast Mountain Guides and are not considered canceled until acknowledged by return email or phone call by Coast Mountain Guides. You can cancel for a 100% refund with 24 hrs notice for any reason. Cancellations made 24 hours or less to program start will result in forfeiture of the full amount. We highly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation and travel medical insurance to avoid penalties related to a change in plans or injury. We take payments with Visa, MC, Amex, bank transfer and Paypal invoice.

Includes: avaluator, student online resources, and completion certificate.

Details: The course schedule is as follows:

* Day 1: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (theory)
* Day 2: 8am - 5pm (field & theory)
* Day 3: 8am - 5pm (field & debrief)

Participants must pick up their rental equipment before the course begins. Participants are to provide their own food and water for the course days. Backcountry and avalanche equipment rental available at preferred rate. Backcountry lifts pass available.

 

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