Avalanche Skills Training 2.

Avalanche Skills Training 2.

Cost: $650/person - $585 /person Midweek

Length: 4 Days

Ratio: Max Instructor/Guide to Guest Ratio 1:4

Instructor: ACMG Ski Guide

Locations: Whistler Blackcomb

Service: Preparation phone interview 

Ski touring in big dramatic mountain terrain can be as intimidating as it is rewarding.

This course will immerse you in complex terrain for 4 full days with the lowest guide to guest ratio offered in the corridor. This course's primary objective is to equip you with the tools & knowledge to make real time individual slope assessment while travelling & skilling in complex terrain. At this stage in your learning, it’s key to make supervised decisions and receive feedback in the field. We will maximise our time travelling in complex terrain. Our lower guide to guest ratio guarantees that you get more decision making & learning under the direct supervision of your ACMG Ski Guide.

It's so incredible to get up into these big dramatic mountains, I'm completely humbled.

Key Skills learned & Practiced on course:

This course builds on the skills developed in AST 1, focuses on making higher level decisions in complex avalanche terrain as well as introducing new topics & concepts. New material & concepts introduced include:

Snowpack tests - to assess weak surface layers & persistent weak layers PWL.

Heuristic traps -  describes how our risk assessment can be clouded by other factors. 

Recognition of factors that can increase complexity of decision making.

Companion Rescue - Multiple burial practice & group rescue management 

Introduction & identification of glaciers as a hazard

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for skiers or riders who have completed the AST 1 & have confidence in the material learned or a similar prerequisite skill set. (Instructor approval required) It is also required that you are;

Able to efficiently skin travel for 3-4hrs and climb btw 1000 - 1500m per day

Able to ski or ride on black-diamond terrain in powder

Have done at least 15 days ski touring since your AST 1

If you are concerned about not having the prerequisite please contact me and we can discuss a preparation strategy for you in order to achieve this course at a later time within the season. 

FAQ.

What’s included?

Phone Call preparation interview with each participant 

Customizable itinerary depending on the average skill & fitness of the group

Full Certified ACMG Ski Guide 

4 Full days in the backcountry

Lowest guide to guest ratio

What's not Included?

Lift tickets 

Backcountry ski or Boarding equipment 

Avalanche rescue equipment 

Transportation to the mountain 

Food/water/tea for the day


What can I expect?

Arrive at 8 am at the meeting location with food, water & all equipment and lift pass for the day, you are ready to ski or board with your boots on. We will meet and look at a series of resources that can give us information about what sort of conditions and avalanche conditions to expect in the backcountry. We will make our own forecast of expected conditions based on the data that we have explored. 

We will then use the ski resort to access the backcountry.  Expect to be in the elements for most of the day and until we re enter the resort. This could be anything from wind & snow to sunshine, be sure to check the day's forecast before leaving home to have an idea of the temperatures and conditions of the day.

Itinerary.

Prior to the course, you are required to complete some online learning material. 

We will be maximizing our time in complex terrain that is easily accessible. Whistler Blackcomb allows excellent access to this terrain, although we will be dynamic as to where we go, if there is an interesting snowpack in the Duffy we may spend the extra travel, (vehicle & touring) time to check it out. 

Day 1-4

8 am -  Information gathering & condition assessment session - Whistler 

9 am - Depart for the backcountry 

Ski touring Equipment.

Downloadable Ski Touring Equipment List 

This is a list that you can consult anytime you go touring, keep in mind that packing light is also critical.

Touring Equipment

  • Ski Touring boots or snowboard boots - no regular ski boots
  • Skis - over 100mm waist is recommended
  • Touring Bindings - Pin or tech bindings are highly recommended (track binding are heavy and their ergonomics make for much more difficult travel)
  • Split board
  • Ski poles with powder baskets - adjustable type recommended
  • Adhesive climbing skins - Fitted to the width and length of your skis or board
  • Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre

Avalanche Hardware

  • Avalanche probe 
  • Snow Shovel - no plastic shovels
  • Avalanche Transceiver (457 KHz single frequency)
  • Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)

Other essentials

  • Ski goggles, x 2 if you like dunking your head in the snow.
  • Sunglasses - even if it’s not sunny the snow is bright
  • Insulated water bottle or regular water bottle (No Camelback or other hydration
    systems they will freeze) 1L unless you are a sweety fish!
  • Food and snacks for the day - that are easy to eat on the go or in a snowy environment
  • Small thermos (good option to warm the insides)

    Ski Clothing
  • Ski pants gortex
  • Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
  • Fleece tops and bottoms (wind-stopper)
  • Ski socks 
  • Ski gloves / Mitts - Ideally one pair thinner and another pair thick
  • Gore-tex outer jacket/parka (with hood)
  • Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
  • Neck gaiter/tube or buff - if its windy
  • Toque (ski hat)
  • Lightweight helmet and carrying system (optional)
  • Sun hat/powder hat - baseball caps work well

    Other Important Stuff
  • Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc...)
  •  Sunblock
  • Headlamp, it's good to bring a headlamp in your pack in case we have an issue, for example, a broken binding later in the day.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

All participants must read, understand, and sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement. Those under the age of 19 years must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign their waiver. Medical conditions that may affect your or other participants’ safety must be declared during the reservation process. The participation of any person in any program at any time is always subject to the discretion of OneLife Adventures and its guides, crew, or skipper. Please click on the waiver button below to read. An electronic wavier will be sent to you once your booking is complete.

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