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.

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 & field)
Classroom at Le Chamois Hotel in the upper village in Whistler

Day 2: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Backcountry Whistler Blackcomb

Day 3: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Backcountry Whistler / Blackcomb

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

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