AST-2 Jan 6-7 & 13-14, 2018


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 awarded a CAA AST 2 certification.


Duration: 4 days including a full day of theory and 3 field days.

Where: The course will based out of Lake Louise each day, with exact locations dictated by conditions

Ratio: 1:8

Level: Intermediate Level Course


Fitness: Good level of fitness

Skills: You will need to have intermediate skiing or snowboarding skills

Ages: 18 +


Equipment Included: Transceiver, probe and shovel

Equipment Required (not included): Appropriate clothing for being out in winter weather for a full day; Splitboard and skins or Touring ski setup with climbing skins; 35+ litre backpack

We have splitboards and climbing skins available for rent at discounted rates for people taking our courses.

Transportation: Transport is not included, though we will try and facilitate car pooling for the field day if people are interested

Food: You are required to bring your own food

Accommodation: No accommodation is provided, though we can help you find accommodations in Calgary or Lake Louise if you are coming from out of town