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
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
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
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).
- The departure on March 25, 2022 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:
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
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.
- Instruction classroom material
- Avalanche safety equipment use (probes, shovels, snow crystal cards)
- Certified and skilled instructors
- Meals, drinks, or snacks
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Visas if required
- Anything not mentioned as included
- GST (5%)
- 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.Learn More
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