The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

AST 1 - Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 - Sat, Dec 12 2020

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The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Squamish & Whistler
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 12 2020  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Dec 10 2020 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2.5 Days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Todd Powell
Anna Milino
Monte Johnston
Rob Janousek
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Member Cost:$249.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

ACC Vancouver AST

AST 1 - Avalanche Skills Training Level 1:

This year we have teamed up with BlackSheep Adventure Sports to offer discounted AST 1 training to members.
Their avalanche safety instructors are all ACMG certified guides as well as members of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
This means that they’re not limited in the types of terrain they can access for the course and their extensive personal experience in winter guiding, avalanche operations and forecasting will add an extra dimension to your training.
Even better, the course includes 2 full days in the field instead of the much more common single day. This will allow more time to learn and get confident traveling around in avalanche terrain.

Leaders: Monte Johnson, Todd Powell, Rob Janousek, Anna Milino

Trip Details:
Length: 2.5 Days
Cost: $249 CAD per person (ACC Vancouver discounted price, to be paid directly to Black Sheep Mountain Sports by Visa or e-transfer)
Dates & Availability:

  • December 5 & 6, 2020 (8 spots available)
  • December 12 & 13, 2020 (8 spots available)
  • January 2 & 3, 2021 (7 spots available)

This AST 1 course is based out of the Squamish and Whistler area, north of Vancouver.
After you have completed the online learning at home we will do a brief classroom session on the first day before heading out into the backcountry for some hands-on learning.
The exact location of the field day will be based on current conditions and weather but we often head into one of the common backcountry ski areas around Squamish such as Red Heather, Olson Creek, Metal Dome, etc...

Day 0.5 – Classroom Day:

  • You will be provided with a log-in and password for an online learning course that covers all of the classroom related materials.

Day 1 & 2 – Field Days:

  • 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
  • 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
  • 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for PM debrief


  • Avalanche Canada Instructor & ACMG Certified Ski Guide
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book
  • Avaluator Booklet with Slope Assessment Field Card
  • Companion Rescue Field Card
  • AST 1 Certificate upon Successful Completion

Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from meeting points.
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
    • Rentals are available upon request
  • Meals

Fine Print:

  • A $100 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment is due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.

Note: Because of COVID-19 there will be some additional requirements including wearing face masks when you cannot physically distance, etc...

Contact Monte Johnson for any inquiries.

Monte Johnston
ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide & Editor in Chief

ACC Vancouver AST

ACC Vancouver AST

Required Items to Bring:

Required Items:

  • Two masks (in case one gets damaged)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Your own individual black or blue ink pen
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
  • Printed out and completed ACC Waiver
  • ACC Health Declaration
  • ACMG waiver
  • ACMG Health Declaration, to be signed in front of the leader/organizer: rce s/waivers.aspx

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

Member Cost:$249.00/Person
Cost Includes:Request for payment to Black Sheep Mountain Sports by Visa or e-transfer will be sent to you after signing up.
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:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!


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