Camp Highlights

  • Tailored to backcountry skiers 
  • Custom course materials created by ACC
  • 4:1 max instructor to participant ratio
  • Course led by experienced guides and educators

Dates & price

    Course dates:

    •  Dec 17-20, 2020
    •  Jan 7-10, 2021
    •  Jan 14-17, 2021
    •  Feb 11-14 2021
    •  Mar 25-28, 2021 (Wheeler)
    • $595 + Tax / Person
    • (Wheeler Edition TBD)

Head Further into the Backcountry by Taking Your Avalanche Safety Skills to the Next Level

Taking an AST 2 course is an essential ingredient for the intermediate backcountry skier or splitboarder who wants to start exploring more complex avalanche terrain safely and independently.  Unlike an AST 1, participants can expect to be fully involved in the day-to-day selection of routes and objectives on this course, with the support and feedback of your guides. You'll also be introduced to more advanced stability tests and snowpack analysis.

At ACC Adventures, we cover the standardized curriculum (as outlined by Avalanche Canada) but with an ACMG ski guide as well as a CAA professional license holder on staff, we've gone much further to create a customized program that caters specifically to skiers and splitboarders.

This year we have two versions of our AST 2 Course:

1. The Original (multiple offerings): This is our standard course that happens over 4 consecutive days. We have adapted the classroom day to an online offering to keep our program COVID friendly. Our field days vary depending on weather and snow conditions but we try to vary them as much as possible to show you different snow packs, terrain, and conditions. Common options are Kananaskis, Lake Louise and several options along the 93 north highway.

2. Wheeler Hut Edition (March 25-28): This year we are offering for the first time a chance to take the course in the world famous backcountry ski destination of Rogers Pass. Wheeler Hut allows access to multiple terrain choices for learning as well as a backcountry trip experience of staying in the classic Wheeler Hut. Food will not be provided so you also have the chance to see what it's like to organize and pack food for a hut trip. The ski in is less than 2km but make sure you can carry your pack!

Head over to the "Register Now" button to choose the edition that best fits you!

Camp Objectives

Field Days will have a heavy focus on getting students into the lead and making decisions on the move. Your guides will introduce a variety of new snow stability tests, as well as a more advanced set of snowpack analysis skills and their application, not previously introduced on the AST 1 course.

All our students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course. The AST 1 is a prerequisite certification course you are expected to have before attending AST 2.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

Day 1

Participants meet at 8:30am online. Instructions will be sent the week before to access the learning platform. Curriculum topics which will be covered this day include:

  • Review of the basic principles of avalanche phenomena
  • Terrain photo study – how to recognize avalanche terrain & choosing routes
  • Accessing public avalanche forecasts – where to find them; their strengths and limitations
  • Snowpack metamorphism – what actually drives change in the snowpack
  • Snowpack layering, crystal shapes, temperature gradients
  • Emergency response review
  • Trip planning considerations
  • Equipment choice, use, and maintenance
  • Identifying hazards
  • Route plans
  • Emergency contacts
  • Timings & turnaround times
  • Introduce the principles of companion rescue with multiple burials
  • Review of our “Guide’s Pack” & discussion about appropriate gear selection for avalanche terrain
  • Discussion and route planning for the objective for Day 2.

Day 2, 3 and 4

Meeting times, locations and objectives will vary each day but you can guarantee you will be out in the field with your instructor(s), typically either in Kananaskis Country or the Icefields Parkway, making real-life observations and gaining hands-on experience. Curriculum topics which will be covered over these days include:

  • Review of transceiver checks – range and transmit function checks
  • How to use avalanche & weather forecasts in your decision making
  • Use of the AVALUATOR as a travel tool
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
  • Identifying areas of increased hazard
  • Good travel habits
  • Group management & decision making
  • Snowpack observations & snow stability analysis
  • Review the procedure for a compression test
  • Introduce new snow stability tests and discuss when to use them
  • Extended Column Tests
  • Propagation saw tests
  • Deep Tap Tests
  • Companion Rescue – dealing with multiple burial situations

Evening Sessions

Depending on the day there is the option for evening sessions. If so the guide will let the group know and the group can meet online. We will review how the day went, including our observations and how our snow pack analysis compared with the avalanche forecast. We will also preview the avalanche forecast for the following field day. These evening sessions are not mandatory but are highly recommended to get the most out of your AST 2 experience!
Is this Camp For Me?

To receive the AST 2 Certificate, participants must first take the AST 1 Program. This program is open to all ACC members who are at least an intermediate or type II skier and have an interest in learning about avalanche phenomena in more challenging and complex mountain terrain. Participants can expect longer and more physical days than on the AST 1 Course.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding


To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. So please brink along your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or favoured alternative), a packed lunch and some snacks for each day.


Accommodation is not included.


Our dedicated on-staff ACC guide Doug Latimer oversees our AST programs. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching AST and other winter instructional courses, as well as in developing course materials and winter guiding. We are extremely excited to have him on board for our 2018/19 season going forward and believe it will make our courses the best ever in terms of standardization and professionalism. 

  • The tours we did were fab and far exceded my expectations! I'm still buzzing from the course! 
  • An over-all excellent learning experience
  • The guides instruction brought everything together into a package that will give me much needed confidence in the backcountry.
  • The guide did an excellent job ensuring each person was getting as much out of it as they needed/wanted to. He kept the environment open for comments and was not afraid to challenge your thinking.
  • The guide was there to share as much knowledge as possible & provide the highest level of mentorship to a group of young adventure enthusiasts. All the information the course was designed to deliver was delivered in a manner & style that was so comprehensible you couldn’t help but to absorb it.
- Past ACC AST Course Participants-

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  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

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  • 4 days of instruction from ACMG certified ski guides 
  • Pre course learning and materials provided by ACC lead ski guide Doug Latimer
  • Official Avalanche Canada course materials
  • Official Avalanche Canada course certificate
  • Online classroom day

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from field locations
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses.