Whistler Avalanche Courses
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

Please Read! – Due to covid and logistics to run our programs, this course is based in whistler and field days might be on Whistler Blackcomb (students to  reserve lift access for the course dates on their own), Duffey Lake road, Callaghan or Squamish. Anyone coming from Vancouver Must have accommodation OR enticipate long drives to trail heads. Expect early start and long days.

Whistler avalanche courses AST2 is the natural progression of the AST1 for skiers and boarders looking to build a solid foundation for safe winter travel in the mountains. In AST2 there is emphasis on snow profile interpretation and recording, terrain rating, route selection and advance companion rescue.

Learning outcome: Strong foundations in hazard analysis, route planning and  traveling proceedures in avalanche terrain

  • Video recordings of our AOC level 1-2-3
  • Increased understanding of avalanche formation and release
  • Increased understanding of route planning and navigation
  • Daily proceedures and safety routines
  • Track setting and group management
  • Snow test and field observations
  • Advance rescue technics and multi burial scenarios
  • Weather forecasting
  • Terrain management

Location: Sea to Sky Backcountry
Duration: 4.5 days
Distance: 8-11 km / day
Terrain: Simple to Challenging
Difficulty: Challenging
Ratio: 6:1
Prerequisites: AST Lv.1 and strong intermediate to advance skier/boarder abilities, comfortable linking turns on black runs in variable snow conditions. Good fitness level.   NO green/beginner skiers


The course schedule is as follows:

Day 0: (Evening before Day 1:) 7pm – 830pm Zoom online presentation (90min.)

Day 1: 7am – 4pm (Field day)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Day 2: 7am – 4pm (field & theory)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Day 3: 7am – 4pm (field & theory)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Day 4: 7am – 4pm (field & debrief)
Sea to Sky Backcountry (possible day on WB)

Includes: Avalanche Canada field book, Avaluator, student online resources, and completion certificate.

Participants must pick up their rental equipment before the course begins. Participants are to provide their own food and water and tranportation to trail head for the field days. Backcountry and avalanche equipment rental available.

Gear List

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

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