Its getting to be that time of year, when avalanche season is just around the corner. To prep, I'm attending the AST (Avalance Safety Training Course) 1 offered by Yamnuska in Canmore. Sounds like there's more availability, so if you're interested/want to car pool, I'd be happy to have company.
I've also reserved at the Lake Louise HI Hostel for the night of the 28th so I don't have to drive back to town between the dates (and can be half way to Bow for the Sunday field day). It has a fantastic outdoor firepit, and a great sauna - good way to unwind at the end of the day!
Note: This is not a special deal/offer, merely looking for company. You must register on your own, have your own equipment (and skills - see links for details on what's required), etc. The cost for the course is $205 with taxes. The hostel is $30 - $40 depending on whether you're a HI member or not.
EQUIPMENT (From Website):
• Skis / Snowshoes: if on skis, either 'Alpine Touring' or Telemark are required. We recommend a short (160 - 185cm) wide ski designed for powder and ski touring.
• Ski poles (even if on snowshoes)
• Climbing skins 'Stick-on type' (only required if using skis)
• Ski boots (only required if using skis)
• Daypack (large enough for spare clothes, lunch & equipment, 30 litre minimum recommended)
• Avalanche transceiver (dual or triple antennae, digital type only. If you do not have a transceiver or have an analogue type, we will loan you a digital transceiver on request)
• Shovel (collapsible avalanche shovel), loaners available on request.
• Avalanche probe, loaners available on request Sunglasses and/or ski goggles
• Thermos flask and/or water bottle (1 - 2 Liters)
• Sun screen, sunglasses, pocket knife, small blister and personal first aid kit
• Lunch, dinner, snacks
• Camera, compass with clinometer, snow thermometer (optional)
• Good clothing (see website for more details)
• Banff Park Pass (as the Sunday field trip is in the park)
• No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
For carpooling, we'll meet at the in Calgary meeting point and drive from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
We'll take the TransCanada west. Take the exit for highway 1A. Turn right following the road 1.3 km before turning right into Lincoln Park. Hostel involves heading up to Lake Louise Village. (Google Maps)
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event separately from what the Yamnuska form. The event organizer will have these for you.