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AST-2 · Wed. Feb. 17th - Sun. Feb. 21st

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Organized by: Fangwen Zhao.

Start: Wednesday, Feb. 17th
End: Sunday, Feb. 21st

Description:

Overview

The VOC is once again partnering with Canada West Mountains to provide its members with discounted avalanche skills training (AST) courses, with the intent of helping mitigate the risks of backcountry winter activity. One AST-2 Course will be offered this year.

Note: All participants must be intermediate+ level skiers or snowboarders, i.e. able to handle various snow conditions – powder, crust, etc. Individuals who are interested in participating in a snowshoeing based should email me directly (Subject: AST @ [email protected] // <![CDATA[ !function(){try{var t="currentScript"in document?document.currentScript:function(){for(var t=document.getElementsByTagName("script"),e=t.length;e--;)if(t[e].getAttribute("data-cfhash"))return t[e]}();if(t&&t.previousSibling){var e,r,n,i,c=t.previousSibling,a=c.getAttribute("data-cfemail");if(a){for(e="",r=parseInt(a.substr(0,2),16),n=2;a.length-n;n+=2)i=parseInt(a.substr(n,2),16)^r,e+=String.fromCharCode(i);e=document.createTextNode(e),c.parentNode.replaceChild(e,c)}t.parentNode.removeChild(t);}}catch(u){}}() // ]]> ), as discounted snowshoeing-based prices are also available for public courses for members ($180).

Course descriptions

 

Courses must be filled before the course is confirmed to run. Students must provide their own ski or board gear for the weekend and must have avalanche (avy) kits. Avy kits can be rented for a cost from the CWM or can be borrowed from the VOC. Whistler backcountry passes are also necessary, as a portion of the course will take place at Whistler. This is included in the total cost of the course. The fee can be waived if you own a Whistler pass. More sessions can be run if there is sufficient interest

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A more intensive course offered during reading week. These classes are conducted at a 1:8 instructor to student ratio. This course will explore travel on complex or challenging terrain and developing and implementing a system for assessing and evaluating potential avalanche slope.  This course is for advanced backcountry aficionados.

I’m STOKED/PUMPED/keen/interested, what’s next?

Registration can be accomplished by stopping into the VOC club room during normal gear hours and informing the quartermaster that you wish to register for a given course (pick your date before going!). You must then pay the quartermaster in full (by either cash, cheque, or credit card) to reserve your spot in the course. Once your course is filled up (remember 8 or 16 must go) you will be contacted that the course is confirmed to pick up your avalanche kit. Return to the club room and get your swag and then you are good to go. If you are renting ski gear from MEC etc. it is best to get this sorted well in advance of the class to avoid problems of scarcity.

 

Once confirmed, there will be no cancellations, refunds or rebooking to a different date but you can sell your space to someone else if necessary.

Deadline to register is January 17th

See message board thread for more information

Posted: 2015-11-02 21:42:38
Last modified: 2015-11-02 21:43:20