The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

AST-2 Course Hosted by BCMC - Sat, Jan 23 2016, Sun, Jan 24 2016, Sat, Jan 30 2016, Sun, Jan 31 2016

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Skiing
Event Location:North Shore, Coquihalla & Duffy Lake Road areas
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 23 2016, Sun, Jan 24 2016, Sat, Jan 30 2016, Sun, Jan 31 2016  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 22 2016 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:4 Days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Benoit Waller
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

The AST-2 Course is delivered over two weekends (January 23/24, January 30/31). The BCMC AST-2 "No Frills" is a special offering by Canada West Mountaineering School, the leading mountaineering school on the West Coast. In order to keep costs down the trips will be in the backcountry without the use of ski lifts and with low-cost accommodation.

For more information on CWMS standard AST-2 course curriculum that forms the basis of this course, click here: advanced.html

AST-2 is recommended for skiers, snowshoers and boarders wanting to progress to an increased competency in evaluation of terrain, snow pack, weather and the decision making progress during group travel in a winter environment.

Course Fee: $490 + $20 hut fee

How ACC Members can sign up:

1. Sign up as a BCMC Guest member (valid for 30 days)
2. Contact Rob, the BCMC course coordinator (, to be manually added to the course
3. You will be added to the wait list where you can pay for the course (course page
4. Once payment is received, you will be added to the confirmed list.

The AST-2 course is conducted using a variety of different terrain locations - The first weekend will likely be in the Vancouver and Coquihalla area and the second weekend in the Duffy Lake Road area. Students will have exposure to a variety of snow packs, terrain and weather patterns, to enhance the learning opportunities involved in winter decision-making.

The AST-2 No-Frills course includes:

40 hours of instruction by a CAA Level 2 Professional member
CAA approved curriculum for AST-2 course
Avalanche manual
Practice using of beacon, shovel and probe (bring your own gear)
CAA Industry-recognized Certificate of completion
1 night Accommodation at the Wendy Thompson Hut (unfortunately we cannot give refunds to ACC members for their hut discount)."

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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