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Trip Information
Name: AST-1 Avalanche Skills Training (skiers/riders)
Starts: Sat Jan 06, 2018
Meetup: TBD, likely Whistler
Return: Sun Jan 07, 2018

Registration opens: Fri Dec 08, 2017
Event category: Guided Instruction
Difficulty grade: B2  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 11

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
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Participant Information

This course is for British Columbia Mountaineering Club (BCMC) members who are skiers 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/snowboard.

Base course Fee: $207.20 (Special price for BCMC Members; Regular price: $259)

Location: likely Whistler (possibly Sea to Sky Gondola for field day)

Course Objectives

The AST-1 Course is delivered over Saturday and Sunday (16 hours total). For more information on the course curriculum, click here: https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/courses/avalanche-skills-training-level-1-skiers-and-snowboarders-whistler-squamish/


  • 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 MSAA at this link: https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/courses/avalanche-skills-training-level-1-skiers-and-snowboarders-whistler-squamish/ using the promo code shown on the left side of the page under "Course Online Payment". This promo code will only be visible once you're on the Waiting List. Be sure to select January 6/7 dates.

(3)  You will receive a confirmation email from MSAA once your payment is completed. Forward your confirmation email to courses@bcmc.ca. 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
 courses@bcmc.ca 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 courses@bcmc.ca

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