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Sécurité avalanche

Avalanche Skills/AST


This page in french: Cours de sécurité en avalanche

Attitude Montagne Climbing Centre is an authorized provider of the Canadian Avalanche Centre Courses.  Because we work in high risk avalanche areas, we believe that it is essential to be prepared to recognize and avoid these dangerous areas. That’s why we offer the Avalanche Skills Training courses in order to provide you the maximum of tools, because in the mountains, it is not only the progression that is important but also to know how to read and choose the best route.

Courses Calender

Mountaineering school progress

Mountaineering-school-progress

We consider a mountaineer to be autonomous once the 5 courses in the Mountaineering School Program has been completed.

AST Level 1 (Avalanche Skills Training Course)

Goals :

The level I Avalanche Skills course (introduction), will provide guidance to decision making and will be:

  • Based on the most advanced knowledge available.
  • Adapted for users with basic training and some experience
  • Introduce prior concepts for the next avalanche training.
  • Present and promote the safety course avalanche level 2 as a logical step for intermediate level decision-making skills.

At the end of the course, the student should:

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Duration: 2 days
Difficulty level: beginner
Cost: 225$ (plus taxes)
+6.25$ Canadian Avalanche Centre contribution fee (plus taxes)

AST Level 2 (Avalanche Skills Training 2)

An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

At the end of the course, the student should:

  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
  • Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Included

  • Book : Staying alive in avalanche terrain
  • Terrain fieldbook
  • Beacon, shovel, probe (lending for the course duration for those who have none)
  • Snow analysis equipment (lending for the course duration for those who have none)
  • Transportation at Mont Washington

Not included

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Ski, snowboard or snowshoes
  • All personal gear and any other expenses during the training.

Duration: 4 days

  • Thursday night and Friday at Attitude Montagne in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard
  • Traveling to Mount Washington on Friday night
  • Saturday and Sunday at Mount Washington
  • Return at the end of the day Sunday

Prerequisites : AST1 (certificat requested)
Difficulty level: intermediate
Cost: 595$ (plus taxes)
+7.25$ Canadian Avalanche Centre contribution fee (plus taxes)

Companion Rescue Skills

A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Consider and incorporate preventative measures.
  • Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche.
  • Understand the function of airbags.
  • Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills.
  • Apply search and rescue techniques.
  • Practice searching without a transceiver.
  • Consider multiple burial situations.
  • Organize a group rescue.
  • Identify post-incident considerations.

Duration: 1 day
Prerequisites : AST1 or AST2 (certificat requested)
Cost: 105$ (plus taxes)
+7.25$ Canadian Avalanche Centre contribution fee (plus taxes)

Mountaineering course:

see Mountaineering Courses page for more details

Mountain  Navigation:

see mountain navigation and camping page for more details

 

 

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    1510 chemin de l’Avalanche
    Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Québec
    J0T 2B0
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    Telephone : 819-714-0101


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