Endorsed by Avalanche Canada
Hey folks, the winter season will be upon us before we know it. Need a safer ride? Want to expand your knowledge? Jump on one of our AST 2 or AST 2+ courses.
Please note, all courses will be delivered with Covid-19 protocols in mind. Please review our Covid-19 “Best Practices” procedures here.
Pre-course instructions will be provided via conference call, in the comfort and safety of your home or office.
Avalanche Skills Training
Learn skills that will help you play safer this winter!
Colwest Alpine Adventures specialize in Avalanche Safety Training Courses for climbers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers. We offer flexible scheduling for private groups. Let us know if you have a group of 6 or more and we will set up dates that are convenient for you.
Avalanche Skills Training
Avalanche Canada’s AST 2 course is a 3-day, 1-evening course which focuses on improving the participant’s ability to travel safely in Avalanche Terrain. The course is at an advanced level. Participants need to have previously completed an AST 1 or RAC 1.
The course curriculum follows Avalanche Canada guidelines.
Course content will include snowpack evaluation, snow profile interpretation and companion rescue techniques (shovelling, probing and transceiver use). Emphasis will be placed on terrain evaluation, group management, route finding and the resulting decision-making process. Introduction and application of Avalanche Canada’s Avaluator is also covered.
- Successful completion of an AST 1 or RAC 1 course.
- Basic skiing, snow boarding or snowshoeing ability.
- Touring equipment or snow shoes required.
- Note: We will provide all the necessary snow safety equipment, no need for you to rent.
$395 AST 2 Course Fee Includes:
- 28 hrs of instruction from CAA Professional Members
- 5:1 student – instructor ratio
- Course Manual
- Terrain Recognition, applying the principals of the Avaluator
- Small party self-rescue
- Industry Recognized certificate of completion
- Use of the following safety equipment (shovel, probe, transceiver)
AST 2 Courses Dates – BC Interior – Please note, all dates are 2020 – 2021
|waitlist||Virtual Orientation (eve)||Field Days||Status||Location|
|Course 1||Jan 19||Jan 29, 30 & 31||2 spots||Kamloops Region|
|Course 2||Jan 26||Feb 5, 6 & 7||2 spots||Kamloops Region|
|Course 3||Mar 2||Mar 12, 13 & 14||3 spots||Kamloops Region|
Field days will be held at locations as convenient as possible for student groups while balancing appropriate terrain with current snow and weather conditions
AST 2+: TBA, 2021 – Week long course covering leadership, track-setting, orienteering, downhill group management & many other skills. Please contact us for more details. The immersion style of this course has consistently been popular with participants. Full details, including personal equipment list included with your course confirmation.
Monashee Chalet: Not yet confirmed, will depend on Covid-19 situation and potential hazard to students and staff.
*Have your own group, or need CUSTOMIZED course dates? Contact us*
Your Instructors: Brad Harrison & Terry Palechuk
Together, Brad and Terry have over 50 years of guiding experience and work in the avalanche industry.