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Name: AST-2 for Snowshoers/Mountaineers
Starts: Fri Mar 17, 2017
Return: Mon Mar 20, 2017

Registration opens: Mon Oct 31, 2016
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
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

The AST-2 Course is delivered over four consecutive days: March 17-20. The BCMC AST-2 course for snowshoers 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 snowshoers and mountaineers 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.


Note: this trip will run with a group of six. If we have fewer than 6 sign-ups, then we will either work with Canada West to fill the remaining spots with members of the public, or provide refunds/rebookings.

The AST-2 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



  • AST-1 or equivalent
  • Intermediate of stronger snowshoeing experience and good fitness level



  • Course cost $495 (Special BCMC Members price, includes GST). Non-Member rate: $615 + GST)
  • Cost does not include transportation to/from course areas; lift access or hut fees (if applicable); food; or personal equipment except as noted.

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 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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