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.
- 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
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Total Distance: approx. 8-11 km. per day
Elevation Gain: approx. 650m + per day
Prerequisites: Strong intermediate skier/boarder comfortable on
blue runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level.
No previous Backcountry experience required
December 1 - 3, 2014 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed)
*December 12 - 14, 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun) at Journeyman Lodge
December 15 - 17, 2014 (Mon, Tues, Wed)
January 5 -7, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed)
January 9 - 11, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
January 16 -18, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
January 26 - 28, 2015 (Mon, Tues, Wed)
January 30 - Feb. 1, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
February 2 - 4, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed)
February 13 - 15, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
February 27 - Mar 1, 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
March 3 – 5, 2015 Mid-week: (Mon, Tues, Wed)
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.