Stay safe in the snow this winter with our Avalanche Skills Training course
Are you interested in understanding how to evaluate avalanche conditions, analyzing forecasts and planning? Let our experienced team help you get some of the basics with our 2-Day Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course. The course provides an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for recreationists with basic training and/or little experience, as recommended by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.
The two-day course includes indoor classroom time and field time outside here on Grouse Mountain. At the end of the course participants will know: the basics of avalanche formation and release; how to identify avalanche terrain; the steps required to plan and carry out a trip; how to use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool; appropriate travel techniques for avalanche terrain; plus how to carry out companion rescue. Registration is available online or by calling 604.980.9311.
2014 Course Dates & Times
Jan. 11 & 12
Jan. 25 & 26
Feb. 8 & 9
Feb. 22 & 23
Mar. 8 & 9
Mar. 22 & 23
Includes both indoor and outdoor sessions.
$225 (includes admission to Grouse Mountain)
$199 for Grouse Mountain passholders
Participants need to be on the 08:15 Skyride to meet the instructor at 08:30 by the fireplace inside the Chalet.
What to Bring
- Alpine touring / telemark / split board / snowshoeing equipment (skiers
and snowboarders need reliable climbing skins)
- A backpack (30 litre capacity minimum)
- Warm clothes appropriate for mountain travel
- Extra pair of gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Small personal first aid kit (band-aids, blister care, personal medication…)
- Food and water (lunch time on Day 2 is spent outside in the field)
- Optional: Thermos of hot drink and down jacket. (long portions of the field sessions are fairly low intensity)
- All avalanche rescue equipment is included but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have any. This will ensure that you get instructions and practice with the equipment you will use on future trips.