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MOUNTAIN SAFETY COURSES

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 1
AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 2
COMPANION RESCUE
GLACIER TRAVEL/CREVASSE RESCUE
UP TRACKING

The key to being safe and having long lifetime of adventure in the mountains is to never stop learning.  It is very hard to stay current and practice safety skills with your friends instead of going skiing.  That's all fine until an accident occurs and stress sets in.  Backcountry skiing is only worth it if you return to your families at the end of the day.  Learn from our wealth of experience to make good decisions and avoid accidents all together.  Backcountry skiing is not risk free and comes with many hazards to mitigate in order to be safe.  The courses listed below will prepare you to be ready should an unfortunate accident occur in the mountains.

Choose from our courses listed below to get you prepared for a safe fun ski touring season.  Our group sizes are purposely kept to a maximum group size of four people for increased mentorship and a quality learning experience with each course.  

 
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AVALANCHE  SAFETY COURSES

 

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 1

November 27/28, 2021

December 4/5, 2021

December 21/22, 2021

Cost = $250/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 6 PEOPLE

Avalanche Skills Training 1 is designed to give you all of the tools that you need to begin the never ending learning process of recreating safely in Avalanche terrain.  This course consists of a six hour online learning course and two full days spent in Rogers Pass.  


Most operators only have one hands on field day in their AST 1 Courses.   We are offering two field days to get you better prepared for a season of backcountry skiing plus a six hour online course to be done at your own pace.  


If you are new to Backcountry Skiing or simply want to dust the cobwebs off of your Avalanche knowledge and Safety Skills at the beginning of the winter then this is the course for you.  Avalanche theory, understanding Avalanche Forecasts, Snow stability tests, and Companion Rescue techniques are all covered in this course.

Most courses will be held in Glacier National Park in between Revelstoke and Golden, BC.  

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AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 2

December 4-7, 2021

December 4 - 8, 2021 @ Purcell Mountain Lodge

December 16 - 19, 2021

Cost = $675/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 6 PEOPLE

Avalanche Skills Training 2 is a four day course about developing your decision making tools as a backcountry skier.  In this course you will be exposed to hazards and learn how to mitigate them.  Students will take turns leading the group under Johns supervision as he offers mentorship with your route finding and terrain assessment skills.  Up tracking skills and techniques are also covered in this course.

As we travel through various types of terrain we will discuss where accidents can occur and learn from mistakes made in the past.  Learning the latest snow tests and when/where to get the most important information for reducing risk will be a daily exercise on this course.

Each day we will have rescue exercises so that by the end of the course you will be confident in your skills in companion rescue scenarios should an avalanche occur.  This course is the perfect foundation for you to start the never ending learning process of recreating in avalanche terrain.  If conditions allow Glacier Travel techniques will also be taught on this course  


Group sizes are kept to a minimum for increased learning and mentorship during the course.  Most courses will be held in Rogers Pass in between Revelstoke and Golden, BC.

 
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AST 2 @ PURCELL MOUNTAIN LODGE

 

 
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ENJOY SOME LUXURY AND

DIAL YOUR SKILLS IN THE REAL BACKCOUNTRY

AST 2 @ Purcell Mountain Lodge December 4-8, 2021

Cost = $1825/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 6 PEOPLE

Take an AST 2 in the luxury accommodations of Purcell Mountain Lodge.  Situated on the border of Glacier National Park in between the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains, the scenery at Purcell Mountain Lodge is spectacular.  Taking an AST 2 Course in unfamiliar terrain creates a unique learning environment to truly test your skills with the mentorship of an ACMG Guide.  This is the real backcountry and a perfect place to take an Avalanche Course.  No driving each day, take a holiday, relax and step up your avalanche skills in this beautiful backcountry environment.   

All AST 2 Courses with Selkirk Powder Descents include the AST 1 online course to serve as refresher training to get you up to speed and ready for the AST 2.  Students will take turns leading the group under John's supervision as he offers mentorship with your route finding and terrain assessment skills.  Learning the latest snow tests and when/where to get the most important information about the snowpack will be a daily exercise on this course.    

At the end of the day kick your feet up in front of the fireplace, have a Sauna, and enjoy the good food cooked for you by one of Purcell Lodges renowned Chefs.  Backcountry Lodge trips are awesome!

Price includes Helicopter flights in and out of Golden, BC, meals and accommodations at the Lodge plus the AST 2 Course run by Selkirk Powder Descents.  

 
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Purcell Mountain Lodge

 

COMPANION RESCUE

December 6, 2021

December 20, 2021

December 27, 2021

Cost = $150/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 4 PEOPLE

An excellent recurrent training course designed to refresh your skills and get your head back in the game at the start of a new ski season.  Be prepared for when the unexpected occurs.  This intense one day course is a great opportunity to learn what to do should an avalanche or injury occur.  


Starting with a missing skier scenario we then go to a tree-well rescue site to discuss extraction techniques for when friends are found missing while tree skiing.  Rescue toboggans and essential equipment for medical emergencies will then be covered.  Preparing a site for a Helicopter to land and considerations to think of when dealing with Helicopters is also taught on this course.  


We then shift to the Avalanche accident scenario focusing on the latest techniques used when an avalanche burial occurs.  Coaching and feedback on your Transceiver skills, Shovelling, Probing techniques is a highly valuable part of this course.  For the remainder of the day we will cycle through as many scenarios as possible so that everyone has had a chance to lead a rescue and perform each scenario.  

Be ready this winter and know what to do if your friends are caught in an avalanche.

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ADVANCED
CREVASSE RESCUE
GLACIER TRAVEL

December 1st - 3rd, 2021

Cost = $375/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 3 PEOPLE

This three day Course is completely hands on and will set you up with everything you need to know for Crevasse Rescue.  Two days are spent learning the systems in snow and the third day is spent focusing on Glacier Travel techniques on Glaciers.   


Roped Glacier travel, ascending ropes, snow anchor building, zee pulley, and mechanical advantage raising and lowering systems are all covered in this course.  We keep participant numbers to a minimum to allow for proper instructor mentorship and learning of these systems. 

This course also comes with a complimentary document containing Glacier Theory, key considerations to think about for glacier travel, photos and the step by step process of Crevasse Rescue.  

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UP TRACKING

We make a living off of our up tracks.  Learn from our full time ACMG Ski Touring Guides on how to set yours.

December 23/24, 2021

Cost = $375/person + tax

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 4 PEOPLE

Efficient up tracks are essential to being able to consistently ski 2000m+ days of backcountry ski touring.  Ever get cold at a col or summit while friends are falling backwards or having problems with skins falling off?  It could be your up track. If you are thinking about becoming a Guide, doing your Exam this winter or are often the trail breaker in your crew of friends, then this course is for you.  


We are continually disappointed in the up tracks that we see out there.  Learn from our years of ski touring experience to set the most efficient up track given the terrain and the best ways of mitigating the hazards encountered along the way.  

Group size is kept to a maximum of three people so everyone has ample time leading the group.  This course will most likely be held in Glacier National Park or Rogers Pass.  A perfect place to observe other up tracks and see better ways of setting the most efficient one.  

Remember only you can prevent terrible up tracks!



 
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We respond within 24 hours to all inquiries.  Due to the many options that we provide, we prefer to communicate with you first prior to confirming a booking.

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