Whistler Avalanche Courses
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

Please Read! – Due to covid restrictions and logistics to run our programs, this course is based in whistler and field days are on Whistler Blackcomb (students will have to  reserve lift pass for the course dates in advance and on their own). Backcountry lift ticket can be prearrange with our office. However, courses might be diverted without notice to the Duffey Lake road, Callaghan or Squamish, if we run into challenges with accessing WB. Anyone coming from Vancouver Must have accommodation OR enticipate long drives to trail heads. Expect early start and long days.

Avalanche awareness is a necessity for anyone skiing, boarding and traveling in the mountains during the winter. Whistler avalanche courses are for those just branching out from downhill skiing and wishing to acquire appropriate entry level safety skills, proper instruction in uphill skinning techniques, assessing mountain environments and of course, the fun of riding powder.

Learning Outcome: AST Lv.1 certificate and developed understanding of winter hazards with increased confidence in decision making in avalanche terrain.

  • Video recording of our AOC level 1
  • Understanding the basics of avalanche formation and release
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Planning and carrying out a trip
  • Using the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool
  • Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins
  • Evaluating snowpack stability
  • Mountain weather forecasting
  • Risk management plan
  • Using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • Carrying out a companion rescue

Location: Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry, Duffey Lake road, Callaghan or Squamish
Duration: 2.5 days
Distance: 8-11 km / day
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Elevation Gain: 650m+ / day
Ratio: 8:1
Prerequisites: Strong intermediate skier/boarder comfortable on single black runs and variable snow conditions. Good fitness level. No previous Backcountry experience required.

Itinerary for Whistler Avalanche Courses

We offer Mid Week and Weekend course, see booknow to view calendar

The course schedule is as follows:

Students will be ask to watch a recording of our AOC level 1 (90min.) before the start of the course

Day 1: 7pm – 8:30pm (online zoom lecture 90min.)
Day 2: 8am – 5pm (field & theory)
Day 3: 8am – 5pm (field & debrief)

Includes: Avaluator, online resources, and completion certificate.

* You need to provide your own lunch, lift tickets and transportation to trail head.

Gear List

  • Backcountry skis /  Splitboard
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski poles
  • Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
  • 30L daypack
  • Lunch and water
  • Headlamp
  • Maps
  • Compass (optional)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Extra warm clothes (Down puff jacket)

Backcountry Safety Gear Supplied (transceiver, probe, shovel, backpack is included)

Students receive 10% off rentals for backcountry skis and splitboards at Evo Backcountry in whistler village. 

Gear Rentals via Evo Backcountry

Please take a few seconds to sign our “Release of Liability” Waiver Form before booking here: Sign Electronic Wavier