November 24th + 25th 2018
Classroom Day – Silver Creek Lodge Canmore
Field Day – Kananaskis Country near Canmore
Do you venture out of bounds at the resort, off the hiking trails or into the backcountry of the mountains during winter?
If so, an Avalanche Skills Training Course Level 1 (AST 1) is your place to start. You don’t need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slack country.
Join us for a 2 day course in Canmore with Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides on November 24th + 25th, 2018! In this post we are going to go over what our upcoming AST1 course teaches, why it is unique, what you will need to bring and more!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Avalanche formation and release
- How to identify avalanche terrain
- The basics of trip planning
- Optimal use of tools and resources like the Avalanche Canada App and avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
- Appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- Intro to companion rescue
WHO IS TEACHING THE COURSE?
- This course is offered by Canmore based CRMG, a mountain guiding service that specializes in smaller ratio courses and programs.
- The instructor for this course is Hike365 friend Paddy Jerome, an internationally certified ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide and professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
WHY IS THIS COURSE UNIQUE?
- CRMG’s AST Level 1 ratio of instructor is 1:6 in the field. This is so students can optimize their learning process with quality time and interaction with Paddy, the course instructor!
WHO IS THE COURSE OPEN TO?
- This course is open to everyone over 18+! If you’re under 18 and want to attend, please get in touch and we will connect with your parents to make it happen!
I’M TAKING THE COURSE ON MY OWN – WILL I MAKE NEW FRIENDS?
- One of Hike365’s key missions is to facilitate the fostering of friendships among our community so that members can then explore the outdoors safely together in a non competitive and supportive environment.
- On Saturday night we are hosting a Dinner Social at the Market Bistro in Three Sisters. As many of us don’t have a large network of people to explore the mountains with in winter, this event will encourage students to get to know one another outside of the classroom.
- Dinner is optional, but includes 3 courses and is available for $25/person plus drinks.
I DON’T LIVE IN CANMORE – WHERE DO I STAY?
- For those who live outside of Canmore we have organized special Hike365 pricing on accommodation at Silver Creek Lodge + Spa for the weekend – the best part? Our classroom day is in a conference room at the lodge!
- To book your room call 403-678-4242 and use code HIKE365 to receive:
- For $179.10/night – a king/queen bed with kitchenette for up to 2 people.
- For $206.10/night – a suite with queen bed in separate room, 1 sofabed in living room, full kitchen, balcony for up to 4 people.
WILL THERE BE PHOTOS FROM OUR FIELD DAY?
- We have organized a professional photographer to join you on the field day to document your experience! Images from the day will be available for your use.
DO I GET A SWAG BAG?
- Each participant who becomes a member of Avalanche Canada before the end of the weekend will receive a kick-booty swag bag of products from some of our favourite Hike365 brands! – Arc’teryx / Eddie Bauer / Mountainsmith
WHAT TO BRING FOR DAY 1 – CLASSROOM
You will receive a Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book by Bruce Jamieson, an avaluator card and a companion rescue card.
- Pen and notebook
- An open mind + all your questions
- Bring a lunch – there will be a lunch break, and you can run over to nearby Wendy’s, Timmie’s or McDonald’s for a takeaway lunch if needed.
WHAT IS PROVIDED FOR DAY 2 – FIELD DAY
- Avalanche Shovel, Transceiver and Probe.
WHAT TO BRING FOR DAY 2 – FIELD DAY
We will be outside all day in the snow, so remember to bring layers. We could quite possibly be outside in very cold temperatures. Don’t be afraid to bring extra layers! We suggest bringing clothing of varying thicknesses that can be layered to achieve comfort and versatility.
FIELD DAY CLOTHING
- Base Layers (top and bottom). They should be synthetic such as Capilene or Merino Wool
- Warm pants (softshell or hardshell)
- Warm shirt (not cotton)
- Sweater or fleece jacket
- Insulated jacket or vest. This is essential for staying warm while taking breaks or when the weather gets really cold.
- Water resistant jacket, hard shell or soft shell. A hardshell set up is essential when the weather turns wet.
- Socks (wool or synthetic, no cotton). A good pair of socks goes a long way to preventing blisters, especially in rental boots.
- Wool or fleece hat that covers the ears
- Warm gloves and light glove liner
FIELD DAY GEAR
WHAT DO I NEED?
- Avalanche Shovel, Transceiver and Probe ( provided for your use by our instructor!)
- Backcountry skis/splitboard or snowshoes – see below for more details.
- Bring your touring set-up (skis or split boards, skins, poles)
- Snowshoes and poles
- Please wear very warm + waterproof boots such as Sorels
HIKERS + NORDIC/XC SKIERS
- We suggest to bring poles and if possible, a pair of snowshoes
- Please wear very warm + waterproof boots such as Sorels
Both backcountry skis/splitboards, poles and snowshoes can be rented from the same places you can rent avalanche gear. Be sure to schedule your rental a few weeks in advance.
ADDITIONAL FIELD DAY ITEMS
- Lunch + snacks (we will have a lunch break – it will be outside, so pack accordingly)
- Thermos with a warm beverage such as tea or coffee
- Goggles and or sunglasses
For the course you do not need a backpack designed specifically to carry avalanche gear. Be sure to bring a pack that will fit all of the gear, outerwear, food etc that you will need for the day.
Simply comment below with any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
P L E A S E R E A D
Registration and payment through Eventbrite is for your AST1 Course instruction and outlined classroom supplies only. All accommodation, meals, transportation, rentals and gear purchases are the responsibility of the student.
Please email us at at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, we are happy to answer them!