The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

AST 1 - Skiers and Riders (Mountain Skills Academy) - Sat, Mar 18 2017

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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:Training
Event Location:Squamish/Whistler
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 18 2017  1:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 11 2017 1:00:00 AM
Event Duration:March 18-19, 2017
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Heather Mosher
Marlaina Rhymer
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Member Cost:$194.65/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

This introductory avalanche course is designed for skiers and splitboarders of all ages who want to develop the skills for safe travel in backcountry terrain where avalanche hazard exists.

This course will be taught by a CAA certified professional through Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (MSA). The course is for ACC members only, at a discounted price of $194.65 + GST, but you have to sign up before March 11, 2017. After that, only the standard ACC (10%) discount applies.

You may also have to purchase a Whistler backcountry lift pass for Day 2 ($59 + GST) if you don’t have a season’s pass.

Please note, this course requires a minimum of 6 participants to run. In the event that fewer than 6 participants sign up, MSAA will attempt to fill remaining spots with members of the general public. If minimum numbers cannot be met prior to the course date, the course will be rescheduled or a refund provided to participants.

AST1 will be taught over two days: the first will be primarily a classroom session, while the second day will be out in the snow. The full curriculum, gear list, and detailed itinerary can be found online: m/courses/avalanche-skills-training-level-1- skiers-and- snowboarders-whistler-squamish/

Prerequisites: Intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability (i.e., you can confidently ski/ride BLUE runs in a variety of snow conditions). No backcountry experience is required.

Required Items to Bring:
Day 1 is a classroom day, so all you will need is yourself, lunch, paper or notebook and a writing utensil. If you have a laptop, feel free to bring that also.

Day 2 is a field day, so you will need to bring:
  • Clothing appropriate for the conditions
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” insulated jacket
  • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid-layer or fleece top
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm hat
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Lunch, water, hot beverage (optional)
  • A backpack (25-35L recommended)
  • Ski touring or splitboarding setup with skins, bindings, and boots
  • Poles
  • Rite in the Rain notebook and pencil (optional but recommended)
  • Personal first aid kit with any required medications and personal blister care
  • *Avalanche safety kit (shovel, probe, avalanche transceiver)*
*the club has a number of avalanche safety kits to loan to our members at absolutely no cost. For details, check out the website: rental/
. *you can also buy or rent gear from ClimbOn in Squamish at 50% off the regular rate, inclding snowshoes.
*lastly, you can buy and borrow from MSAA too, contact if you would like to do so.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Member Cost:$194.65/Person
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the ACC VA. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
*Note: Payment can be made directly through MSAA’s website. Once signed up, you will receive detailed payment instructions.

Cancellation policy:

 Within 10 days of course date: cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition*

 Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund

*if you can find another candidate to take your place, we may be able to transfer your booking. Contact MSAA’s coordinator at for more details.

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