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Trip Information
Name: AST-1 Avalanche Skills Training
Starts: Sat Feb 04, 2017
Meetup: TBD, probably Mount Seymour
Return: Sun Feb 05, 2017

Registration opens: Sat Oct 15, 2016
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B2  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 16

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
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Participant Information

This course is for groups of eight* BCMC members who are skiers, snowshoers and boarders wanting to learn to avoid avalanches, travel safely in the backcountry, and build their arsenal of mountain knowledge. There are no prerequisites for this course, except competency on your skis/snowshoes/snowboard. 


*Note 1: if this course is not fully booked, i.e. 8 paid participants then this course may be cancelled and refunds will be provided to those that paid.

Base course Fee: $195 (Special price for BCMC Members; CWMS Non-BCMC Fee: $235 + GST)
Possible extra cost: $56 for the lift access fee for Whistler/Blackcomb access (Subject to 2016/2017 Whistler pricing)

Location: Mount Seymour**

**Note 2: in the event there is not adequate snow in mountains around Vancouver (most likely Mount Seymour), participants may be required to purchase backcountry access passes for Whistler.

Course Objectives:

The AST-1 Course is delivered over Saturday and Sunday (16 hours total). For more information on the course curriculum, click here: http://themountainschool.com/program/avalanche-skills-1-seymour/



  • Cost does not include transportation to/from course areas; lift access fees (if applicable); food; or personal equipment except as noted.
  • You must supply your own ski touring, splitboard, or snowshoe setup. If you don't have your own equipment, you can rent from MEC Vancouver or from other local mountain shops.
  • This course is for BCMC members only.

On-line Registration process:

(1)  Click “Join this trip” on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List

(2)  Complete your payment directly with CWMS at the link here. You will receive a confirmation email from CWMS once your payment is completed.

(3)  Forward your confirmation email to bcmc.courses@gmail.com. You will then be added to the Confirmed List

(4)  Keep an eye on your email for further information 

Trip Organizer & Volunteer Instructor Incentive Program:

If you’ve volunteered your time as either:
(a) a Trip Organizer with 4 or more outdoor trips in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 25% rebate off the course fee, or
b) Course Instructor (primary volunteer organizer) in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 50% refund off the course fee.
Please email
 bcmc.courses@gmail.com with your request, along with a list of recent trips and/or course(s) you have been the primary organizer for. 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact bcmc.courses@gmail.com

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M:12, C:1, W:7
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Marlaina Rhymer Grade: B3 Start: Sat 17 Mar '18
M:8, C:1, W:0
AST-2 Advanced Avalanche Skills Course
Marlaina Rhymer Grade: B2 Start: Sat 3 Feb '18
M:8, C:8, W:12
Learn critical avalanche basics to get you out in the backcountry safely. AST-1 is required for many club trips.
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