AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING LEVEL 1 - SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS

This two and a half day introductory avalanche course is for individuals who are interested in recreational skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry. The course is the starting point in avalanche education for recreational users of avalanche terrain. The program combines theory and practical sessions to teach you basic safety knowledge for winter backcountry travel. The national course standards are set out by the Avalanche Canada. The curriculum, instructional material, course content, and student handbooks are developed and provided by Avalanche Canada. This course is a prerequisite for the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 1 Certification Program.

  •   Course cost: $250 CDN
  • Students are required to sign a waiver before commencing with the course.

    Course topics include the formation and nature of avalanches, avalanche terrain recognition, an introduction to snow stability and mountain snowpack, winter backcountry travel and self rescue. The Avaluator - a systematic decision-making tool - is also incorporated into the course curriculum.

    Our instructors are qualified and experienced professionals who work and play in the outdoor environment. The AST Level 1 course instructors are trained by the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) industry training programs and are active or professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). We maintain an 8:1 student to instructor ratio.

    Schedule:

  •   Day 1: 600pm-930pm (theory)
  •   Day 2: 800am-430pm (theory + field work)
  •   Day 3: 800am-500pm (field work + course debrief)
  • Course Details:Two course manuals (Backcountry Avalanche Awareness & The Avaluator) and a course completion certificate are included in the course. Our theory sessions are held at either the Hilton Whistler Resoert Hotel or the Aava Hotel conference and meeting room facilities in Whistler village. The fieldwork sessions are conducted within and just outside the ski area boundaries of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Participants are responsible to provide their own equipment and lift access for the fieldwork. Rentals are available at a discounted rate to registered participants at Excess Backcountry located in the Crystal Lodge. Participants must be at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder and have an adequate fitness level for backcountry travel. If you are unsure of your ability, please call 604 902-1464 for more information.

    RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT TO BRING TO DAY ONE - EVENING THEORY SESSION:

  •   Backcountry Avalanche Awareness and Avaluator manuals (available to pick up prior to day 1 at Excess Backcountry)
  •   notebook, pen/pencil
  • RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT TO BRING TO DAY TWO AND THREE - FIELD DAYS:

  •   Whistler Blackcomb Lift Pass: $48 plus HST purchase at W/B Guest Relations, ask for the backcountry ticket
  •   Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel and Probe
  •   Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  •   Rite in the Rain notebook + pencil
  •   Warm underlayers
  •   Gloves and Hat
  •   Goggles and/or Sunglasses
  •   Sunscreen
  •   Water/Warm Fluids
  •   Lunch and snacks
  •   30 Litre Backpack
  •   Backcountry Touring Equipment Skiers - Touring Skis and Skins
  •   Backcountry Touring Equipment Snowboarders - Splitboard or Snowboard and Snowshoes
  • Rentals: Backcountry touring and avalanche safety equipment is available for rent at Excess Backcountry at a discounted rate with proof of course registration. Please pick-up rental equipment on Day 1 of the course before the beginning of the classroom session.

    Rental Equipment Price List:

  •   Touring Skis and Skins $45.00
  •   Snowshoes $20.00
  •   Splitboard $45.00
  •   Transceiver $15.00
  •   Shovel $6.00
  •   Probe $6.00
  • Package Rates:

  •   Transceiver, Probe and Shovel $25.00
  • Prices are based on a two day rental for the course fieldwork and only apply for those participants registered in a Pacific Alpine Institute program. GST & PST apply to all rental items.

    Please be sure to keep a copy of your certification in a safe place once you complete this course as it may be requried for proof in future CAA courses. The PAI will charge a fee for confirming to the CAA for anyone who has lost or misplaced their certificate.

    Informational Area Links:

    WB Alpine Recreation Forecast

    WB Avalanche Report

    Whistler Weather

     

    Pacific Alpine Institute
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