Colwest Alpine Adventures

Avalanche Skills Training - Mountaineering / Hiking Camps

Hey folks, the winter season will be upon us before we know it. Want to expand your knowledge? Jump on one of our AST 2 or AST 2+ courses. 

Avalanche Skills Training – Learn skills that will help you play safer this winter!

Colwest Alpine Adventures specializes in Avalanche Safety Training Courses for climbers, mountaineers, skiers and snowshoers. We offer flexible scheduling for private groups.

Avalanche Canada - Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2)

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
  •    Colwest Alpine Adventures Field Book
  •    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 2018 - 2019  

Contact Brad Harrison at

Course 1: Mar 14 (classroom-eve) Mar 15, 16, 17 (field)
Cnx Sun Peaks / Coquihalla

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+: March 2 - 8, 2019 - 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.  Monashee Chalet: Sold-out / Complete        Full details, including personal equipment list included with your course confirmation. 

*Have your own group, or need CUSTOMIZED course dates? Contact us*

Your Avalanche Skills Instuctors: 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 Group
  •    Contact Brad at or call 250-819-9774

Terry Palechuk

  •    ACMG Ski Guide 
  •    Instructor, Adventure Guide Program, TRU
  •    CAA Professional Member / Chair, Avalanche Canada's Instructor Training Committee
  •    Contact Terry at or call 250-573-4697 

Try one of our week-long, hut-based AST+ courses. Learn while you are immersed in the environment.

Learn while you are on the 'sharp end of the stick', in a leadership role. Understanding terrain is a key piece.

Have fun exploring some of the BC's vast backcountry. Leading will be in a downhill setting as well.

Snow is complex, pick up some techniques on understanding the snowpack.

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!


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.


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.


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

Thanks again and cheers!