Avalanche Skills Training

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

View larger imageFurther your knowledge with the AST Level Two | Photo: John Kelly

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

In addition, the course will:

  • Provide the prerequisite knowledge required for further avalanche training.
  • Introduce and promote the Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program as the accepted standard for advanced avalanche training.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • 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.

Minimum Classroom Time Requirement
A minimum of 9.5 hours classroom time is required.

Minimum Field Time Requirement
A minimum of three days in the field is required.

To see if there are courses in your region, go to this link: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast/courses. Not all AST Providers post their courses on our website, so you can also find AST Providers in your region by going to this link: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast/providers.