Whistler Avalanche Courses
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

Whistler avalanche courses AST2 is the natural progression of the AST1 for skiers and boarders looking to build a solid foundation for safe winter travel in the mountains. In AST2 there is emphasis on snow profile interpretation and recording, terrain rating, route selection and advance companion rescue.

Learning outcome: Strong foundations in hazard analysis, route planning and  traveling proceedures in avalanche terrain

  • Increased understanding of avalanche formation and release
  • Increased understanding of route planning and navigation
  • Daily proceedures and safety routines
  • Track setting and group management
  • Snow test and field observations
  • Advance rescue technics and multi burial scenarios
  • Weather forecasting
  • Terrain management

Location: Sea to Sky Backcountry
Duration: 4 days
Distance: 8-11 km / day
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Difficulty: Challenging
Ratio: 6:1
Prerequisites: AST Lv.1 and Strong intermediate skier/boarder abilities, comfortable on black runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level.   NO green/beginner skiers


The course schedule is as follows:

Day 1: 9am – 330pm (theory)
Classroom at Le Chamois Hotel, upper village in Whistler (possible Zoom Lecture)

Day 2: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Day 3: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Day 4: 8am – 5pm (field & debrief)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

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. Backcountry lifts pass available.

Includes: Avalanche Canada field book, Avaluator, student online resources, and completion certificate.


Backcountry Safety Gear Supplied (inc. Backpack)
Gear Rentals via Excess Backcountry