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    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 – AST 2 – Ski / Snowboard


    Take your training to the next level.


    Join us to learn in depth about decision making, route finding, trip planning & more.


    The AST 1 is like dipping your toes into the avalanche world. The AST 2 allows you to dive in head first & learn the skills necessary to travel safely through the mountains & make decisions as a team.

    If you have taken your Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) and spent some time in the backcountry than
    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2) is your next step!


    » 4 day course

    » 9 hrs of classroom theory: Blended learning delivery involving a custom online course & online google meet up session the evening before your first field day.

    » Online course can be completed anywhere at anytime!

    » 3 days in the backcountry

    » Taught by a Canadian Avalanche Association Professional

    » To book click Book Now → select desired location → Availability → select dates

    » Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST provider


    To register for the AST 2 click BOOK NOW or view our schedule

    → Select location → click availability → select date from calendar → book now

    Online only


    Online learning

    When you register you will get access to our online course! You can complete this in the comfort of your own home. We will meet up online the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key points.

    What you will learn in the AST 2

    » Safe travel techniques

    » Progressive planning – google earth, map & compass skills

    » How to dig a pit & how to perform a variety of stability tests

    » Terrain analysis, management & verification

    » How to access & use danger ratings on a local scale

    » Advanced companion rescue skills & scenarios

    » Hazard rating verification

    » Decision making tools & techniques

    » Route planning and risk mitigation

    » Human factors

    And much more!


    » Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1)

    » Proficient on your touring skis or splitboard

    »It is recommended to spend one season in the backcountry following your AST 1 before taking the AST 2

    Required equipment

    » Clothing appropriate for touring and standing in cold/snowy weather

    » Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen, moleskin, Band-Aids, medication, etc.)

    » Transceiver – 3 antenna

    » Probe – 3 meters

    » Shovel

    » Helmet

    »Backpack (large enough for all equipment on day tours)

    » Seasons pass or lift ticket for local ski area (discounted tickets available in some locations)

    Will receive these items in class:

    » Companion rescue card

    » Avaluator

    »Decision making field book

    » Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

    Equipment for students traveling on skis:

    » Ski touring boots

    » Skis (with touring bindings)

    » Skins

    » Poles

    » Small repair kit (ski straps, duck tape, zip ties, extra buckles)

    Equipment for students traveling on snowboards:

    » Splitboard with touring bindings

    » Skins

    » Boots

    »Collapsible poles

    »Small repair kit (ski straps, duck tape, zip ties, extra buckles, extra straps, extra pins)

    Map, compass, snow saw, snow study kit are all beneficial but are not necessary.

    Gear Guide

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    $629 per person + GST

    *Does not include lift tickets at resorts to access the backcountry.

    Private Group Pricing:

    $2,500 + GST up to 4 people
    $3,775 + GST up to 6 people
    $5,000 + GST up to 8 people

    AST 2 » Course outline

    Day 1:

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Online classroom session.
    You must complete the online course before day 1. We will meet up online via google meet in the evening to drive home key points and answer any questions you have.

    Day 2:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Companion rescue refresher & advanced skills
    Location: backcountry

    Day 3:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Decision making, terrain verification, stability tests while traveling ect
    Location: backcountry

    Day 4:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Planned & lead by the class
    Location: backcountry

    Please read our waiver prior to booking your course


    Refund policy

    Online courses are non refundable.

    The online portion of this course is $95 which is non refundable.

    14+ days before the start date of your AST 2

    You will receive a full refund minus $95 for the online course + $35 admin fee.

    0-14 days before the start of your AST 2

    If cancelled within 14 days of the start date you will not receive a refund unless your spot can be filled.

    Please note that if the minimum number of people to run a course is not met the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

    Covid policy

    If you are sick & can not make it to your scheduled course you will receive a credit to use at a later date with Stay Wild Backcountry Skills. We will work together with you to find a date that works when you are feeling better.

    Please do not show up to a course if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to anyone with Covid 19 in the previous 2 weeks to your course. Our instructors can send home students if they show up ill & we will work together with them to reschedule a date.

    Physical distancing will be maintained during courses & camps. If physical distancing can not be maintained (ie gondola) students will be required to wear a face covering (buff / face mask).

    Please respect physical distancing and Covid regulations during our courses / camps.

    Why book with us?

    • Small group sizes
    • Flexible location choices
    • Ladies only groups available
    • Avalanche Canada certified instructors
    • AST 2 Certificate
    • Local knowledge
    • Welcoming & Comfortable learning environment

    Alex Giesbrecht

    Lead instructor, avalanche technician at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Avalanche Operations, CAA professional member, NUOEC first aid ticket, Avalanche Canada AST Instructor and has been teaching Avalanche Skills Training for 10 years.

    Additional Info

    • Duration : 4 days
    • Price : $629 / per person
    • Location : Golden & Fernie. Other locations available upon request.


    If you have questions or need more information, we're here to help.

    +1 250 290-0065

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