AST-1 Snowshoers – Extra day

This page is to book a make-up FIELD DAY for any AST-1 Snowshoe course that has been re-scheduled due to weather or for other reasons. Dates will be added on an “as-needed” basis for these sessions.

Please book and select the “Pay Later” option. There will be no added charges for these field days, or for the avalanche safety rentals. This booking is for registration purposes only. Thanks!

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Canada West Mountain School is an Authorized AST Provider

Dec 14, 2017
Avi Kit (2 day)
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  • Review the date selector to the right, and select your preferred date from the options
    - If you require Avalanche safty gear rentals, add that option
    - Click on "Book Now"
    - Fill in your personal registration details
    - For the Payment Options, select "Pay Later"
    - Add a note in the comments section regarding which AST-1 course you were originally scheduled for

    If you do not see a date here that works for you, please contact our office directly by phone at 604-878-7007, or by email at

  • The field session on the Mt Seymor AST-1 is held in the backcountry behind Mount Seymour. Occasionally, alternate locations may be used such as Whistler/Blackcomb, Diamond Head near Squamish, or the Coquihalla Pass near Hope. The Day-2 field session logistics and details will be discussed during the Day-1 class session.

    In the event that snowpack and/or weather conditions are such that we cannot conduct a good quality field session on day 2 of your course on Mt Seymour or any other location, the Day-2 field session will be held at Whistler/Blackcomb in the backcountry. This will require a lift access pass on Whistler/Blackcomb that is $56 + GST and is not included in the course fee. All other aspects of the course will remain unchanged.

    The decision to move the day-2 field session may not be made until 1-2 days in advance of the course, in order to asses the most current and updated snowpack and weather conditions.

  • IMPORTANT - the specific meeting locations may vary from one course date to another, please ensure you confirm the correct location for your course date!

    Students are responsible for getting to and from the course areas. The Day-2 field session logistics will be arranged during the first day, but please plan on a 7:45 am start time and a finish time of 5 pm.

    Students are reminded to plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to the course sessions, to allow for traffic delays, poor road conditions, parking, etc. The field sessions will start promptly at the times indicated - latecomers will risk missing the field sessions as once the group has departed there are no options to join them in the field at a later time.

    Your field days are spent in the backcountry where you will have maximum time to focus on learning and practicing skills, including:

    terrain evaluation
    mountain hazard assessment
    safe route finding techniques
    snowpack analysis
    snow testing techniques
    transceiver searches
    rescue fundamentals

    The final wrap up sessions are an important aspect of Canada West Mountain School programs, as this allows students an opportunity to "put all the pieces together" in a classroom session after the field sessions have finished.

    At the end of your course, you are encouraged to discuss with your instructor the content that has been covered, and to have the instructor assess your level of knowledge - we would prefer that you know your abilities now, rather than find out the hard way, later!

  • Gear List - Canada West Mountain School Avalanche Course Gear List

    You will require an Avalanche Safety kit (avalanche transceiver (beacon), collapsible avalanche shovel, and a probe). In addition, everyone needs to be fully prepared for a day out in winter conditions. Canada West Mountain School has Avalanche Safety Kits available for rent, please book this at time of registration as they are often booked out by the time the course runs.

    Proper backcountry touring skis and climbing skins are required for the field session on Day-2 only; or, snowboard and snowshoe combo; or, a split-board and climbing skins.

    Important note for Day-1 of your course:
    During the afternoon field session on Day-1 you will require footwear and clothing that is appropriate for walking and standing in snow and wet conditions as you will be outside in any/all conditions for up to 2-3 hours