“I got a lot out of the AST course and I think my boys did as well. I can see now that backcountry skiing should involve continuous learning and we hopefully have a good base to embark on that journey. Mark is a great guide and instructor…it’s great to have such accomplished professionals accessible to us. My older son in particular benefits from having a mountain guide as a mentor / instructor as he aspires to much of the same adventure in the alpine on rock, snow and ice as Mark has spent a career chasing.”
This course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with basic training and little experience. At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release
Identify avalanche terrain
Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip
Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool
Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings
Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
Carry out a companion rescue
Understand the limits of their training
Dates: Available for private bookings
Price: C$225 plus GST. Includes Avaluator, textbook and use of safety equipment if required.
Prerequisites: Intermediate skiing/snowboarding ability. If you can get down a blue run at the ski hill you are ready to take this course!
Contact me for details on this course or to organize a private course for your group.
If you are a young adult living in the Bow Valley you may be eligible for one of the AST courses we teach for BanffLife. For more info email Christine at BanffLife.