Five spots left.This is the Classic Wapta traverse Euro-style with portered food and luxury details -- but no crowds. An excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. In early May the snowpack is settled and the travelling is easy, with great corn skiing runs and great snowpack stability ...
Four spots left.The most exotic guided ski touring trip possible: backcountry ski touring and sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen in the Greenland sea, a thousand kilometers north of Norway, in the Svalbard archipelago of over 60 (mostly unpopulated) islands. It is a wild and remote place, and at a latitude of greater than 78º, high in the Arctic, it is level with Canada's Ellesmere Island, or the northernmost end of Greenland. Yet it easy to access -- with three-times daily flights from Oslo -- and offers the supreme comfort of a luxury sailing yacht ...
Three spots left.Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be done in most conditions to steep tree runs for high hazard days, to incredible ski mountaineering trips high into the alpine ...
Just one spot left!Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be done in most conditions to steep tree runs for high hazard days, to incredible ski mountaineering trips high into the alpine ...
Just one spot left!Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcells to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade range, including Meadow, Vista and Sentry Lodges. Consensus among those who’ve spent time at all four Esplanade Range Huts though is that Sunrise is the best: best terrain, best for storm skiing, and best snowpack of the bunch! ...
I spent this past weekend in Rogers Pass finishing the second part of an AST-2 class. We had a great time, spending Saturday in the Ursus Trees area and Sunday up the Illicilliwaet drainage.
Sure enough the surface hoar problems discussed in the Parks avalanche bulletins were easy to find and very reactive especially below 1850 m on shaded aspects with slabs of 75 cm+ overlying large, faceted surface hoar feathers 15 mm and larger. Dig down a bit to admire them, they can’t be missed!
Natural activity on Sunday was from the sun though, and during the warm-up there was lots of action at alpine elevations to size 3, see photo of several below Avalanche Mountain (38+ degrees, S & SW aspect, around 2400 m).
We were conservative with our terrain selection, sticking to lower angled terrain and giving avalanche paths healthy respect. But things have continued to heat up since yesterday and the hazard is now being rated High at treeline and alpine elevations, which certainly matches with my limited observations in Bostock, Connaught and Illicilliwaet drainages this weekend.
Here’s a photo of the cracking/shearing that occurred over a small convex roll yesterday to give you a ...
THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED
You have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry; this is a course for you.
An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field.
Our AST 2 program looks to give participants more knowledge/experience in the following areas:
– Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
– Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
– Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
– Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.
– Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
– Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.
– Understand the limits of their training.
At the end of the course you will be ...