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Name: AST-2 - "No Frills" - Weekend 1 of 2
Starts: Sat Jan 23, 2016
Meetup: 8am Canada West office (North Van)
Return: Sun Jan 24, 2016

Registration opens: Fri Oct 16, 2015
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Robert Simzer
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Trip Planning Questions

Have you taken AST-1?

Have you had experience practicing with your Avalanche gear? If not, when will you be practicing prior to the course?

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Participant Information

Course Fee: $490 + $20 hut fee    (Special price for BCMC Members)                      

(CWMS Non-BCMC Fee: $615 + GST)

*Note, in the event there is not adequate snow in mountains around Vancouver/ Coquihalla, participants may be required to purchase backcountry access passes for Whistler for the first weekend.

The AST-2 Course is delivered over two weekends. The BCMC AST-2 "No Frills" is a special offering exclusive to BCMC Members by Canada West Mountaineering School, the leading mountaineering school on the West Coast. In order to keep costs down the trips will be in the backcountry without the use of ski lifts and with low-cost accommodation. For more information on CWMS standard AST-2 course curriculum that forms the basis of this course, click here: http://www.themountainschool.com/info/avalanche-advanced.html 

AST-2 is recommended for skiers, snowshoers and boarders wanting to progress to an increased competency in evaluation of terrain, snow pack, weather and the decision making progress during group travel in a winter environment.
The AST-2 course is conducted using a variety of different terrain locations - The first weekend will likely be in the Vancouver and Coquihalla area and the second weekend in the Duffy Lake Road area. Students will have exposure to a variety of snow packs, terrain and weather patterns, to enhance the learning opportunities involved in winter decision-making.
The AST-2 No-Frills course includes: 
  • 40 hours of instruction by a CAA Level 2 Professional member
  • CAA approved curriculum for AST-2 course
  • Avalanche manual
  • Practice using of beacon, shovel and probe (bring your own gear)
  • CAA Industry-recognized Certificate of completion
  • 1 night Accommodation at the Wendy Thompson Hut
  • Cost does not include transportation to/from course areas; lift access fees (if applicable); food; or personal equipment except as noted.
  • This course is for BCMC members only.
  • Prerequisite: 
  • Prerequisite:
    • AST-1 or equivalent.
    • Prior experience skiing with an overnight (hut) pack
Schedule (subject to change):
Day 1: Vancouver and local mountains
Day 2: Coquihalla
Day 3-4: Duffey Lake / Marriott Basin

On-line Registration process: once you register online, your name is automatically placed on the "Request List" for the organizer to process. Once the Organizer approves your registration, your name is placed on the "Waiting List" until your payment has been received either by cheque or PayPal/Credit Card (see below).  After payment has been received, your name will be placed on the "Confirmed List" and a confirmation email will be sent.  Note that course registration priority is on a first-come-first-served basis and your participation is NOT guaranteed until you have paid and your name is on the "Confirmed List"... so it's important that you pay the course fee ASAP after being notified that you are on the "Waiting List". 

PaymentPayPal/Credit Card payment is preferred and can be made through the BCMC website (click on the "Pay Now" button on the course description page -- You must be logged in on the website and your name must be on the "Waiting List" for the button to be visible on the course page). Alternatively, cheques should be made payable to British Columbia Mountaineering Club and mailed to PO Box 2674, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8; Important Note: you MUST make arrangements with the organizer to keep a seat open for you while your cheque is in transit or your seat may be taken by someone else. 

IMPORTANT: cancellation fees may apply in case of a cancellation by a participant. Here is a link to the BCMC Course Refund Policy.

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