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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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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 […]

Navigating Complex Terrain: Lessons learned while writing an avalanche book

This blog is a copy of an article I wrote and will be published in the November 2018 Avalanche Journal, the professional journal for avalanche workers in Canada. I introduce some content from the new Avalanche Skills Training Handbook, the text for AST students starting winter 2018-19. I wrote the book with James Floyer from […]