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Whistler Avalanche Courses
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1
Please Read! – Due to covid and logistics to run our programs, this course is based in whistler and field days might be on Whistler Blackcomb (students to reserve for the course dates on their own), Duffey Lake road, Callaghan or Squamish. Anyone coming from Vancouver Must have accommodation OR enticipate long drives to trail heads. Expect early start and long days.
Avalanche awareness is a necessity for anyone skiing, boarding and traveling in the mountains during the winter. Whistler avalanche courses are 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.
- Video recording of our AOC level 1
- 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, Duffey Lake road, Callaghan or Squamish
Duration: 2.5 days
Distance: 8-11 km / day
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Elevation Gain: 650m+ / day
Prerequisites: Strong intermediate skier/boarder comfortable on black runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level. No previous Backcountry experience required.
Itinerary for Whistler Avalanche Courses
We offer Mid Week and Weekend course, see booknow to view calendar
The course schedule is as follows:
Students will be ask to watch a recording of our AOC level 1 (90min.) before the start of the course
Day 1: 7pm – 8:30pm (online zoom lecture 90min.)
Day 2: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Day 3: 8am – 5pm (field & debrief)
Includes: Avaluator, online resources, and completion certificate.
* You need to provide your own lunch, lift tickets and transportation to trail head.
- Backcountry skis / Splitboard
- Climbing skins
- Ski poles
- Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
- 30L daypack
- Lunch and water
- Compass (optional)
- Small first aid kit
- Extra warm clothes (Down puff jacket)
Backcountry Safety Gear Supplied (inc. Backpack)
Gear Rentals via Excess Backcountry
Please take a few seconds to sign our “Release of Liability” Waiver Form before booking here: Sign Electronic Wavier