Sea to Sky AST 2 Course

Types: Avalanche Safety, Winter

Sea to Sky AST 2 Course

If the AST 2 course is the next step in your avalanche skills development then look no further! Our experienced instructors will help you develop the skills needed make that all-important GO, NO-GO call on your next backcountry adventure.

Sea to Sky 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.

Logistics:

Our courses are typically based out of the Squamish and Whistler area but we also offer a few hut or lodge based courses as well. Unlike most AST 2 courses that only include 3 field days, we cover most of the classroom material online followed by 4 days in the field. The exact location of the field days for our non-lodge trips will be based on current conditions and weather but you can expect 1 or 2 days off of Whistler-Blackcomb combined with days in the Squamish or Pemberton areas. Lift tickets are not included in the cost of the course.

Course Types:

  • December 15-18: Sea to Sky Corridor area based course
  • December 19-22: Journeyman Lodge based course
  • January 18-21: Sea to Sky Corridor area based course

Waiver & Risk Management:

As you know, outdoor activities involve numerous hazards including, but not limited to, avalanches, crevasses, rockfall, slips and falls, equipment failure, poor weather, etc. And while we do our best to anticipate and mitigate these hazards we cannot completely eliminate them. So, as with anything fun, you will be required to sign our Participant Release to take part in one of our courses or trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we will put together a custom package.

Fine Print:

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
Sea to Sky AST 2 Course

Highlights

  • Learn to make that Go, No-Go Decision
  • Advance your Avalanche Knowledge
Types Avalanche Safety, Winter
Season December to February
Prices From $849.00

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)
  • BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie) $35.00
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment - 2 Day Rental $70.00
  • Whistler-Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Pass $45.00

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie)

A beautiful fleece lined merino wool toque. They come in black and grey though colours are subject to availability.

Avalanche Safety Equipment - 2 Day Rental

This rental kit includes: Transceiver, Probe, Shovel & Ski Touring Backpack.

Whistler-Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Pass

A lift pass for Whistler-Blackcomb to provide access into the backcountry.