Avalanche Skill Training Level 2

As advanced sledders, the one thing we can control out in the backcountry is the terrain that we choose to ride. These important decisions are based on many factors and often, they have to be made many times during the day as we changes aspects and elevations.

An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain.

An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is primarily field based with a strong focused on terrain selection and management.  The course begins with a 3hr refresher the evening prior to the first field day and the remaining class time is comprised of morning and evening planning/review sessions over the next three days.

You want to start pushing into larger terrain? AST2 should be your first step

AST 2.  Course Objectives

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

  • chitty423-1453785716482_resizedIdentify when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely through terrain.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.  This allows you to localize the avalanche forecast information and relate them more closely to the area you are riding in.
  • Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk. This is KEY to any successful big mountain journey
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.  Your friends
    or families live may depend on your skill at rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.  Avalanche education
    and skill as ever evolving.  You will never know it all and regular practice is key


The cost for the AST2 is $600.00 per person.  Minimum group size is 4 and we try to keep the maximum group size to 6 to allow for efficient and safe backcountry travel.

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