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Whether you are getting ready for your first winter of backcountry travel or you’ve been at it for many years, Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Courses are the perfect opportunity to learn about (or brush up on) safe backcountry travel techniques, route finding, slope assessment and companion rescue. Join us for an AST program that fits your learning objectives.

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Bugaboos 2020

The Bugaboos are an amazing playground, especially for alpine climbers. This summer offered a chance to be up there without the usual complement of international climbers, just us Canadians! We also received a fresh snowfall of about 10cm! Was that the first snowfall of the upcoming year or the last snowfall of the previous year? […]

Valkyr AST2+ 2020

We ran two 8-day AST2+ programs during the winter of 2019-20. Here are some of the highlights (photo credits: Mark Sena, Spencer Skerget, Angelique Rosenthal). We started each course a day early at Shon’s Hostel in Nakusp. We got to know each other while reviewing the program for the week. We also feasted on Chef […]

Hilda 2019 AST2+

Here are a few snippets of what daily life is like during our AST2+ Course at Hilda Lodge: Sunday February 10, 2019, 10:45 a.m.: Clear skis and Grade A efficiency at Valkyr staging make for a record transfer. The group  settles in to their plush accommodations. Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: Everyone has done 3 Companion Rescue […]

2018-19 Mid-term Report Card

What do you think? With some dire predictions in an El Nino Winter, I think we’re doing pretty well so far. The snowpack has gone through some periods of instability, but we have also had a fair amount of Low-Moderate avalanche danger. There have been some glorious periods of sunshine, but we haven’t had the […]