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Avalanche Skills Training 2013-2014 Block 5, AST1+ for Snowshoers CUTOFF DATE EXTENDED! DATE MOVED! · Sat. Jan. 25th - Sun. Jan. 26th

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Organized by: David Newton.

Start: Saturday, Jan. 25th
End: Sunday, Jan. 26th


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 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).  One final note, of 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.  


Block 5: Jan 18/19 -  AST1+ for Snowshoers     (Cutoff Date Jan. 10)



AST 1 for Snowshoers

Avalanche safety skills for those who travel in the backcountry on snowshoes. This course is

specifically designed to address the needs of recreational snowshoers who want to ensure they

are staying safe in the backcountry.

One theory session is held on the morning of Day-1, followed by a field session in the afternoon.

On Day-2, you will head to a different location for further field training and practice, followed by

a final wrap-up theory session.


• 16 hour course

• This course is for snowshoers only

• 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

• Snowshoes: Can be borrowed from VOC. No guarantees though so make sure to

get it early

• 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 there are a minimum of 4 people. You will be in a public

course, but get the VOC discount. If there are 8 people you will have your own course.

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 back.

Sign up form:

Name: Full name please

Rental: Want to rent a beacon, shovel, probe from CWMS? If yes, add $25

Total = $200 (+ avalanche gear rental)

This includes HST

Payment method:

• 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

Posted: 2013-10-19 11:43:33
Last modified: 2014-01-03 11:47:51