Lacking the appropriate level of avalanche education and awareness for the terrain you are travelling in can prove fatal for you or for your partners. Luckily, the ACC has just the man to maximize your avalanche safety skills. Fresh from writing a full avalanche e-book, Doug Latimer's arrival as ACC Lead Winter Guide has brought twenty years of field experience to the program. With four different levels of avalanche training courses, we have right course to suit expert and beginner alike.
Our 2-day course gives a thorough introduction to avalanche basics and a framework with which to make decisions in the field. We cover the standard curriculum (as outlined by Avalanche Canada) but what you won't get from other providers is the expertise of our on-staff ski guide Doug Latimer. With decades of experience teaching avalanche safety courses and working in avalanche terrain as an ACMG guide, Doug is the perfect man to head up our AST program. And you'll get a copy of his bespoke learning materials (used in the course) in the form of an avalanche e-book as part of your course fee. This year instead of one classroom day and one field day we are doing two online classroom evenings and one field day.
Taken an AST1 and already learnt the basics of backcountry skiing or splitboarding? But not yet ready for a week-long AST2 course? This course has been developed to bridge the gap and give you the tools needed to start exploring bigger terrain responsibly, independently and above all safely.
Our AST2 course is essential training for the intermediate backcountry skier or ice climber who wants to start exploring complex avalanche terrain responsibly and independently. This is Avalanche Canada's most advanced avalanche skills certification and participants can expect to be up front, breaking trail and fully involved in the day-to-day selection of routes and objectives. This year instead of the first day being a full classroom day we are doing two online evening sessions followed by 3 field days.
This course has been custom built by the ACC's Lead Winter Guide (and avalanche expert) Doug Latimer and is for those of you who have taken an AST2 course but still want to develop your avalanche skills further.
While most avalanche courses analyze the snowpack at a specific point in the season, the aim is to get you understanding how conditions develop dynamically over the course of a full winter with a classroom weekend in November, field weekends in January and February and continuous email discussion with your group and guide.