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Avalanche Skills Training 2013-2014 Block 1, AST1+ FULL! · Sat. Dec. 14th - Sun. Dec. 15th
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Start: Saturday, Dec. 14th
End: Sunday, Dec. 15th
Get super psyched everyone, it's time for Avalanche Skills Training with Canada West Mountain School! These are professionally taught AST courses offered to the VOC for a bulk-buy-bargain. This year we are offering AST 1+ for skiers/boarders, AST 1 for snowshoers and AST 2 for skiers/boarders. Here's the deal, at least 8 (and maximum 16) people need to sign up for each block (5-8 people for AST 2) by the designated cutoff date. If the block fills then all is well and the course will go ahead, if not the block is cancelled and you get your money back. Please see below for block dates, course descriptions and costs. Check out http://www.themountainschool.com/ for more info on CWMS. Note that there is no signup tool for this course, sign ups will only be accepted in person at the clubroom with payment (cash, check or credit card). Evening sessions for AST 1+ and AST 2 will be held at UBC on the Tuesday before the course weekend. One final note, if you are not comfortable on a pair of skis on moderate backcountry terrain, then AST 1 for snowshoers is for you. Please think carefully before signing up. Happy hunting!
Block 1: Dec 14/15 - AST1+ (Cutoff Date Nov. 8)
AST 1 Plus
AST-1 PLUS for Skiers/Boarders
Our 2.5 day AST-1 Plus Avalanche Skills course is one of the most comprehensive AST-1
courses available. Our combination of experienced Instructors, two different geographical
regions for field training and increased emphasis on technical snowpack and terrain observation
skills ensures that you will be getting the best possible training available.
The course structure is:
• One evening session at UBC
• One day at Mt. Seymour with some theory at the end of the day
• One day at Whistler/Blackcomb
• This course is for Skiers and Splitboarders only. No snowshoes!
• You must be comfortable with the gear you are using. If you've never put on a pair of
skins before you need to go on at lease one trip and learn how to use your gear! This
course is to teach avalanche not skiing skills. If you can't ski you'll be a liability to the
group, slow everyone down, and no one will like you. You should be able to make it
down a blue run on whatever gear you're using.
• You are responsible for all your own gear
• Avalanche packages: you can rent from MEC for FREE if you show them proof of
enrolment. Be sure to reserve ahead of time. We ask that you do this instead of
borrowing from us to free up gear for others. Talk to a QM if this is a problem. You
can also rent from CWMS for $25
• Ski gear: Can be borrowed from VOC. No guarantees though so make sure to get
• You are responsible for all personal gear. If you're taking this course you should
probably know what that entails
• The course will only run if it's full by the registration deadline. If it fills we'll email you to
come pick up study materials. If it doesn't we'll email you to come get your money
• Yes, the evening session is mandatory.
Sign up form:
Name: Full name please
Rental: Want to rent a beacon, shovel, probe from CWMS? If yes, add $25
Pass: Need a Whistler backcountry pass? If you don't have your own, then yes. $50
Total = $210 (+ whistler pass + avalanche gear rental)
This includes HST
• Cash: Deposit in individual envelope labelled with person's name and the amount.
Put this in the large envelope for the course
• Cheque: Place in course envelope
• MC/Visa: Write on a piece of paper the persons:
• Full name
• Card number
• Card expiration date