AST 2 Advanced Avalanche Skills Training

Slab Avalanche release

For skiers and boarders who often find themselves seeking out adventures that require travel in Challenging or Complex Terrain. This course is designed to provide a good understanding of Avalanche Safety principles.
The main focus will be on a developing a systematic approach for assessing and evaluating potential avalanche slopes and the hazard associated with them.

This 4 day course is 9.5 hours classroom time followed by 3 days of backcountry touring and instruction in the field.
The goals are to become more independent with information gathering, recognizing avalanche danger, managing risk in avalanche terrain and completing some great ski tours.

This 32 hour course includes:
- CAA Manual/book, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain.
- AST 2 Course certificate.
- Use of Snow Science kit, thermometer, screen and loupe.

You will need suitable clothing, lunch, transportation, ski touring gear or split board for the field days. You will also require avalanche transceiver, collapsible avalanche shovel, and a probe. Cirrus Alpine Guides can rent this package to you for $35.00 per day.
Maximum 8 students.

Class room day content: 8hrs
-Emergency response, trip preparation.
-Weather/snow pack observation and evaluation skills.
-Recognizing avalanche danger.
-Avalanche terrain assessment.
-Risk management and decision making.

Three field days content:
-Evaluation of conditions including weather, snowpack and avalanche activity.
-Slope/stability tests and hazard observations.
-Route selection.
-Group management skills.
-Advanced emergency response skills.

Dates: 2022

Jan 10-13, 17-20.

To book a course email us at or call Mark at 250 344 0959
with your preferred dates for the AST 2 this winter season.
We need min 4 people to run this program with maximum of 8.

Location: Class room day can be in Golden B.C. Field days are at a variety of locations including Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Rogers Pass. Kicking Horse and Lake Louise ski hill are also possible locations.


Gear List: 
Golden BC, first day 8:00, Ramada Inn, 1311 12th Street North
Good backcountry touring/split boarding skiing skills needed for field days.
4 days, 1 classroom, 3 field touring days
Dec through to late March
8 students to 1 instructor max, min 6 per course

Cost. $650.00 per person. Specific dates can be accommodated for group bookings. A 35% deposit will secure a booking.