Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies
Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

4 days

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Complete your AST 2 certification in the mountains of Canada

Every backcountry adventurer needs a foundational knowledge of avalanche safety, and the Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies tour is designed to show you how to evaluate and respond to changing snow conditions in the backcountry.

After completing your AST 1, take this tour to receive your AST 2 certification, teaching you more in-depth backcountry preparation, routefinding, snowpack evaluation, and rescue techniques to keep you safe. This isn’t just about the classroom, though- you’ll take your skills to the mountains, practicing what you’ve learned in the wild Canadian Rockies. Whether you’re a skier or snowshoer, you’ll love being fully immersed in the remote mountains. For advanced adventurers, take this itinerary to Rogers Pass for even more challenge and adventure!

Highlights of the Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

Take an in-depth course on the basics of avalanche safety beginning in a classroom setting in Calgary or Canmore. 
Learn how to keep yourself and your partners in adventure safe in areas with avalanche risk.
Put your skills to the test with backcountry expeditions by ski/splitboard or by snowshoe.
Level-up your adventure in the remote Rogers Pass for skiers

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4 days
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Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies Itinerary

Day 1 Lecture Day in Canmore

Your AST 2 course begins at the Yamnuska office in Canmore or Golden (if you choose to take your training in Rogers Pass). You’ll spend the morning reviewing the AST 1 curriculum, then focus the afternoon on building your knowledge of safe trip planning, companion rescue, gear checks, and transceiver use.

Wrap up with a review of the plan for the upcoming field days.
Overnight Location: Not included in tour price
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2-4 Backcountry Field Days

The next three days will be spent in the backcountry, planning your trip each morning, backcountry skiing, splitboarding, or snowshoeing, and putting your avalanche skills to the real-world test. You’ll work on decision making in avalanche terrain, companion and group rescue, snow profiles and stability tests, and more.

You’ll skin up everything you ski down, experiencing the beauty of the Rockies while building even more backcountry confidence.
Overnight Location: Not included in tour price
Distance: None
Meals: None

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Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies Price and Dates

This guided skills training course is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Important notes:

  • The departure on March 17, 2023 is for snowshoers. The remaining departures are tailored for skiers.
  • Courses that take place in Rogers Pass start from Golden and are recommended for advanced skiers or splitboarders only.
  • Some courses are spread on two weekends and are listed as taking place over 9 days.

Prices below are per person:

Dec 03, 2022
Dec 11, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Dec 16, 2022
Dec 19, 2022
From Golden
To Golden
USD$825
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Dec 27, 2022
Dec 30, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 01, 2023
Jan 08, 2023
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 01, 2023
Jan 04, 2023
From Golden
To Golden
USD$825
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 13, 2023
Jan 16, 2023
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 05, 2023
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 10, 2023
Feb 13, 2023
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 21, 2023
Feb 24, 2023
From Golden
To Golden
USD$825
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 03, 2023
Mar 06, 2023
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$575
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 24, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
From Golden
To Golden
USD$825
4 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

There are no included accommodations on this tour. You will be responsible for choosing and booking your own accommodations, although we are happy to lend a hand. Travellers taking this course can enjoy a discounted rate at Clique Hotels & resorts.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Accommodation in Canmore

Accommodation on this tour is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore, Calgary and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo-style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own pre and post-trip accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.

What’s Included in the Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies Tour?

Logistics, Meals and Accommodation

This training course doesn’t include any meals, transportation, or accommodation. If you need any help with booking your own accommodation, we are happy to assist you if needed. Travellers taking this course can enjoy a discounted rate at Clique Hotels & resorts. We recommend staying in Canmore for those taking the course in Canmore, and in Golden for those taking the course at Rogers Pass. For meals, please pack your own high-energy meals and snacks for field days.

Included

  • Instruction classroom material
  • Avalanche safety equipment use (probes, shovels, snow crystal cards)
  • Certified and skilled instructors

Not included

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • GST (5%)

Optional Extras

  • Optional Backcountry ski or splitboard day: $195 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

Located in Canmore, Alberta at the gates of Banff National Park, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is one of Canada’s premier providers of mountaineering, rock & ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. For over 40 years, we have hosted thousands of clients from Canada and all over the world. Our brand is known for quality mountain experiences, safety, and well-organized itineraries. We have some of the best mountain guides and hiking guides in the industry. All Yamnuska Mountain Adventures climbing guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You’ll spend three days out in winter conditions in the mountains. You’ll need to be able to ski, splitboard, or snowshoe up to 10km per day in backcountry conditions. You should be a strong skier or snowboarder comfortable in all conditions for this tour. You also need to have your AST 1 certification to take this course.

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