AST 2 Course

Types: Avalanche Safety, Winter

AST 2 Course

This AST 2 course is the next step in your avalanche skills development. To fully enjoy the backcountry it’s crucial you understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk but maximize fun!

Next Departure:
Leaving Dec 10 2021 from $649.00

AST 2 Course

The Avalanche Skills Training 2 – AST 2 course is your next step in avalanche skills development after completing an introductory course. To fully enjoy the backcountry it’s crucial you understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk. Our AST 2 course addresses these issues over a comprehensive four day training period.

If you’re a serious backcountry skier, ski mountaineer or split-boarder who wants to build a solid knowledge base to safely expand your backcountry horizons, then this is the avalanche awareness training course for you. It will be a valuable investment in your mountain safety training and will significantly increase your avalanche knowledge and experience.

This is a hands-on avalanche awareness training course featuring extensive practical field experience augmented with a self-directed online theory module. It builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the AST 1 by exploring more advanced topics and snowpack tests. The curriculum is designed to give a solid grounding in the essentials and is based on the requirements set out by Avalanche Canada. Your instructors are certified guides who are seasoned in ski touring, heliskiing and avalanche forecasting. This program is suitable for those who have taken the AST 1 Avalanche Skills Training Course in the past, or for experienced backcountry skiers looking to expand their skills.


This course is base out of the Squamish and Whistler area. Most of the classroom material will be covered online followed by 4 days in the field. The exact location of the field days will be based on current conditions and weather but you can expect 1 or 2 days off of Whistler-Blackcomb assuming we are able to given their new operational guidelines. Lift tickets are not included in the cost of the course.

Upcoming Courses:

Dec 10 to 13 2021

4 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $649.00

Dec 17 to 20 2021

4 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $649.00

Course Notes:

Custom courses also available.

Fine Print:

  • A $200 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.

Day 0.5 – Online Learning:

  • Zoom Call to review AST 2 Classroom material & plan for next day

Day 1 – Mixed Field & Classroom Day:

  • 8:00am: Morning classroom session
  • 11:30am: Head into the field for companion rescue training
  • 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for pm debrief

Days 2 to 4 – Field Days:

  • 8:00am: Morning classroom session
  • 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
  • 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for pm debrief
AST 2 Course
Select a Course Date:


  • Learn to make that Go, No-Go Decision
  • Advance your Avalanche Knowledge
Types Avalanche Safety, Winter
Season December to February
Next Course Dec 10 2021
Prices From $649.00

What's Included

  • ACMG Certified Guide/Instructor
  • AST 2 Program Materials

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from meeting points
  • Personal ski & safety equipment
  • Lift passes for Whistler-Blackcomb (if required)


  • Sunglasses & Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle (1L min)
  • Lunch
  • 35-40L pack
  • Toilet paper (or WAG bag)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Field Book & Avaluator (provided)


  • Wool or Synthetic Socks
  • Non-Cotton Base Layer
  • Thin Jacket
  • Puffy Jacket
  • Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Ski Pant w. Vents
  • Toque (Beanie)
  • Brimmed Hat
  • Face Warmer
  • Light Gloves & Insulated Gloves


  • Transceiver, Probe & Shovel
  • Split-board or skis & skins
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Poles
  • Helmet
  • Ski Strap

We have some extra equipment so may be able to sort you out if you don’t have everything.

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Squamish Hostel
Backcountry Touring Day
Avalanche Equipment Rental