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 powder snow skiing.

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

Course Outline:

Location: Whistler - Blackcomb Backcountry

Duration: 2.5 days

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Terrain: Simple to Challenging

Total Distance: approx. 8-11 km. per day

Elevation Gain: approx. 650m + per day

Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisites: Strong intermediate skier/boarder comfortable on
blue runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level.
No previous Backcountry experience required

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


December 1 - 3, 2014 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) full

*December 12 - 14, 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun) at Journeyman Lodge full

December 15 - 17, 2014 (Mon, Tues, Wed) full

January 5 -7, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed)

January 9 - 11, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

January 16 -18, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun) avalanche

January 26 - 28, 2015 (Mon, Tues, Wed) full

January 30 - Feb. 1, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

February 2 - 4, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) full

February 13 - 15, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

February 27 - Mar 1, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 3 – 5, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed) full

March 6 - 8, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 13 - 15, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 20 - 22, 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

March 31 - April 2, 2015 Mid-week: (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

April 3 - 5, 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

*courses offered at the Journeyman Lodge. for more info...

Cost: $ 265 per person + tax % | Discounts available for group bookings of 5 or more.

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 booklet, handout package, and completion certificate.

Details: The course schedule is as follows:

* Day 1: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (theory)
* Day 2: 8am - 7pm (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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