Avalanche Skills Refresher
These are excellent refresher sessions for keeping up with new techniques, research and safety tips. Our one-day Avalanche Safety Refreshers emphasize development of specific skills to enhance your backcountry avalanche awareness and safety. Each Avalanche awareness refresher session covers a variety of topics – terrain evaluation, mountain weather, snowpack observations and the latest search techniques.
- Avalanche Refresher Course: $125. + GST
Included in Canada West Mountain School Avalanche Refresher course:
1 day of Avalanche instruction
Course materials and handouts
Use of snow science kit supplied by CWMS
Avalanche Safety Equipment
Transceiver, Shovel and Probe are required.
Rentals are available for $20.
Lift Access fees: $62 plus GST
A backcountry lift-access ticket is required for students who do not have a Whistler/Blackcomb pass already.
- These are excellent refresher sessions for keeping up with new techniques, research and safety tips. Our one-day Avalanche Safety Refreshers emphasize development of specific skills to enhance your backcountry avalanche awareness and safety. Each Avalanche awareness refresher session covers a variety of topics - terrain evaluation, mountain weather, snowpack observations and the latest search techniques.
If you have not taken any avalanche safety training before please review our AST-1 courses at our Avalanche Skills Training Course page.
The Avalanche Refresher is typically held in the backcountry behind Mount Seymour or Whistler/Blackcomb.
If weather or snowpack conditions are not suitable to conduct the course on one of these areas, occasionally alternate locations may be used such as Diamond Head near Squamish, or the Coquihalla Pass near Hope.
All Instructors on our Avalanche courses are Active or Professional Members of the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) and hold Level I or Level II Professional Certification with the CAA. Additionally, Canada West Mountain School staff are dedicated educators who are experienced in teaching these skills and conducting well run, professional courses.
All CWMS staff also attend regular Industry training and have advanced 1st aid training, and many of the Instructors in our Avalanche Training program are also professional Guides certified through the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides).
Visit Guides and Instructors Page for complete details and background on each of our Guide Team.
- The Avalanche Refresher is a field-based course with all learning taking place on-snow with the course location decided based on current snow and weather conditions. You will start your course at 0800 at the per-arranged meeting location and finish around 5 pm.
The day will be structured to cover a combination of practical skill upgrades such as Rescue techniques, snow test procedures, track setting skills, terrain assesment, hazard evaluation and group management tactics.
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!
Here is a link to the 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 sessions; or, snowboard and snowshoe combo; or, a split-board and climbing skins.
Canada West Mountain School Medical Disclosure Form - CWMS MEDICAL form
Canada West Mountain School Waiver & Assumption of Risk - CWMS Waiver
Please print and review the "Medical form" and "Waiver and Assumption of Risk form" before your program and bring the printed forms to the first session of your program.