AST-1 FREE extra day

This is a FREE make-up day for our AST-1 Field Sessions and is open to anyone who has taken an AST-1 course with Canada West Mountain School during the 2017/2018 season. We realize that some students could not complete a course for a variety of reasons, or perhaps you are just looking for a refresher, or the field session you completed may have been during a spell  of bad weather. Regardless of the reason, we welcome you to join us on this field session on Mount Seymour!

There will be no added charges for these field days, but all participants must register in advance though. Thanks!

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  • This is a FREE make-up day for our AST-1 Field Sessions, held on Mt Seymour. This session is open to anyone who has taken an AST-1 course with Canada West Mountain School during the 2017/2018 season.

    We realize that some students could not complete a course for a variety of reasons, or perhaps you are just looking for a refresher, or the field session you completed may have been during a spell  of bad weather. Regardless of the reason, we welcome you to join us on this field session on Mount Seymour!

    There will be no added charges for these field days, but all participants must register in advance.
    - 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
    - Add a note in the comments section regarding which AST-1 course you were originally scheduled for

  • The field session on the Mt Seymour AST-1 is held in the backcountry behind Mount Seymour.

    Please contact our office in advance to confirm the meeting and logistics details for the make-up day that you are booked onto, as every course may vary.

  • The AST-1 Extra field day session will be held at Mount Seymour. Please plan on a 8:00 am start time and a finish time of 4 pm. Students are responsible for getting to and from the course area.

    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 day is 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; or, snowboard and snowshoe combo; or, a split-board and climbing skins.