Avalanche Skills Training – Level 2

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.

Pre-course instructions will be provided via conference call, in the comfort and safety of your home or office.

Field sessions will follow all Public Health Office, BC Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafeBC protocols

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.

Prerequisites
  • 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

2021Virtual OrientationField DaysStatusLocation
Course 1Jan 27Jan 29, 30 & 31openKamloops Region
Course 2Feb 3Feb 5, 6 & 7openKamloops Region
Course 3Feb 17Feb 19, 20 & 21openKamloops Region
Course 4Mar 10Mar 12, 13 & 14openKamloops 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.

Brad Harrison

  • CAA Professional Member
  • Executive Director, Backcountry Lodges of BC Association
  • Chair, InfoEx Advisory Committee
  • Contact Brad at colwest@shaw.ca or call 250-819-9774

Terry Palechuk

  • ACMG Ski Guide
  • Instructor, Adventure Guide Program, TRU
  • CAA Professional Member / Chair, Avalanche Canada’s Education Committee
  • Contact Terry at tpalechuk@tru.ca or call 250-573-4697

Thanks for the links! I’ll definitely be checking them out!

And thanks again for being an awesome, fun instructor! It was a really great learning experience, And I’m very glad that I took the course!

Crystal

Hi Brad,

It was our pleasure to have such an instructor such as yourself. Your depth of knowledge and experience combined with your teaching style and sense of humour and practicality made the entire experience most enjoyable. I certainly hope to do some backcountry skiing with you in the future.

Nick

You have really put on an amazing course and I am really happy with the knowledge that I’ve learned. I really believe you are the best or one of the very best in our province at what you do. Your course was enjoyable and also really challenged me – I had a friend that took a similar course stateside and I must’ve learned about three times as much in yours.

Dave

You have really put on an amazing course and I am really happy with the knowledge that I’ve learned. I really believe you are the best or one of the very best in our province at what you do. Your course was enjoyable and also really challenged me – I had a friend that took a similar course stateside and I must’ve learned about three times as much in yours.

Peter

Thanks for the great course Brad. Lots of great practical tips and advice from your wealth of knowledge and experience.

Thanks again and cheers!

Jordan