I wanted to do an avalanche course last season but did not want to miss a nice powder weekend. I ended up missing it because courses were already full after checking the snow conditions during the week or because it was too late in the season for really applying what I would learn.
So I registered to the following Avalanche course (AST-1+) in order to be ready for riding sidecountry and backcountry safely this season:
Their AST-1+ program is divided into 2.5 days and cost $275:
- a theory session on Wednesday 11th at night in Vancouver (close to MEC)
- a day mostly on the field Saturday 14th on Mount Seymour
- a day mostly on the field Sunday 15th on Whistler Blackcomb
This is open to both skiers with touring gear or snowboarders (splitboard or regular board with snowshoes), they say that you need to be an intermediate skier or snowboarder at least.
That's not the cheapest option out there but I think this is the best value because you'll learn about 2 different kind of snowpacks, those 50 more bucks compared
to 2 days on a single site are not that expensive if you gather knowledge that will keep you safe in the wild on the end!
A backcountry access lift ticket is necessary for the day on Whistler Blackcomb and
they sell one for $49. You can rent the avy safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe) for $20.
This is a good way to meet new people that are interested in going backcountry this season as well so I though I would post it here.
There is a limited number of spots available for that weekend, so if you are interested you need to register as soon as possible (you can do that online) and we can figure out the carpooling (I have a car) and a potential accommodation in Whistler for Saturday night in here.