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AST 2 - Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 - 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:4.5 Days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Todd Powell
Anna Milino
Monte Johnston
Rob Janousek
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Member Cost:$499.00/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 2 - Avalanche Skills Training Level 2:

This year we have teamed up with BlackSheep Adventure Sports to offer an AST 2 course this winter.
This is a hands-on avalanche awareness training course featuring extensive practical field experience augmented with a self-directed online theory module.
It builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the AST 1 by exploring more advanced topics and snowpack tests.
The curriculum is designed to give a solid grounding in the essentials and is based on the requirements set out by Avalanche Canada.
The instructors are certified guides who are seasoned in ski touring, heliskiing and avalanche forecasting.
This program is suitable for those who have taken the AST 1 Avalanche Skills Training Course in the past, or for experienced backcountry skiers looking to expand their skills.

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

Course Details:
Length: 4.5 Days
Cost: $499 CAD per person (to be paid directly to Black Sheep Mountain Sports by Visa or e-transfer)
Dates & Availability:

  • December 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2020 (6 spots available)

This course is based out of the Squamish and Whistler area.
The classroom material will be covered online followed by 4 days in the field.
The exact location of the field days will be based on current conditions and weather but you can expect 1 or 2 days off of Whistler-Blackcomb assuming we can access the mountain.
Lift tickets are not included in the cost of the course.

Day 0.5 Online Learning:

  • Online course material (4-5 hrs)
  • Zoom Call to review material & plan for next day

Day 1 & 4 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


  • ACMG Certified Guide/Instructor
  • AST 2 Program Materials

Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from meeting points.
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
  • Lift passes for Whistler-Blackcomb (if we use the mountain to access the backcountry).

Fine Print:

  • A $200 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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Member Cost:$499.00/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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