Information for AST 2 students
Theory: In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED)
Practice: in Parc de la Gaspésie/Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs, meeting in the Espace VR near the Services and Discovery Centre.
- EVERYDAY: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Out of respect for all participants, please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the course . Schedule changes may be made at the discretion of the instructor. If so, you will be notified 24 hours in advance.
EMERGENCY: For any eventuality, you can contact our team at 418-763-3333
This intermediate level course takes you to bigger mountains, more remote locations and wilder terrain. Taught by a certified professional ski guide who is dedicated to teaching the skills needed to stay safe and enhance your mountain adventures.
AT THE END OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Use the Avaluator as an analysis tool to determine additional planning and travel techniques needed to travel safely in the mountains;
- Be familiar with avalanche danger index verification techniques for personal use at the local level;
- Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATEA) technical model and use it to develop small-scale personal ratings;
- Use route choices and take advantage of the terrain to manage risks;
- Use mountain travel techniques appropriate to avalanche conditions;
- Perform autonomous rescue effectively;
- Understand the limits of his training.
AST-2 takes place mainly in mountainous terrain, you must be prepared to spend several hours outdoors (no shelter available).
During the four days, you will spend time in class at the beginning of the morning to watch the avalanche bulletin and the weather conditions in anticipation of field trips.
- Avalanche safety equipment such as DVA, shovel and probe will be loaned to you for the duration of the course. Any loss or damage will require replacement, at your expense.
- All class material (book, leaflets, cards) will be given to you on the first day of training.
EQUIPMENT NOT INCLUDED:
- You must plan a lunch for the 4 days
- Bring a pen, notebook and a computer or telephone to share information with you.
- Bring your backcountry ski/splitboard/snowshoe equipment for trips. If you don't have one, we offer rental. Personal Equipment List Reminder
- Snow observation kit: magnifying glass (6x-20x), folding ruler, plate for observing snow crystals, waterproof pocket book, thermometer, lead pencil, clinometer
Participants must have completed a AST 1 (or equivalent) or be cleared by the instructor depending on their experience. Proof will be required at the request of Ski Chic-Chocs staff. It is also recommended that participants have at least 20 days of off-piste skiing experience.
At the end of the course, you will receive a AST 2 certificate of achievement issued by Ski Chic-Chocs and approved by Avalanche Canada, which is recognized across Canada.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM:
Mandatory to fill up and print for the first day of formation: FR | EN
In preparation for the course, you can consult the documents that will be given to you.
Here is a link to download the manual to prepare you adequately for the course.
- French: Manuel de cours de sécurité en avalanche
- English: Avalanche Skills Training book
You can also consult the Avalanche Canada Tutorial:
- French: https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/en-ca
- English: https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/en-ca
- Avalanche Canada
- Avalanche Quebec
- American Avalanche Association
- Mountain Conditions Report: Latest Reports
- Utah Avalanche Center: Home
- MWAC – Mount Washington Avalanche Center
- Switzerland - Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF)
Avalanche bulletin & info
- Chic Chocs avalanche bulletin and Chic Chocs webcam
- Mountain information network - Avalanche Canada
Articles & case studies
- Incident report Avalanche Quebec - February 8, 2019
- Tunnel Creek
- Skier Survives 4 meter Avalanche Burial
- The Avalanche Hour Podcast
- DVA review: https://beaconreviews.com/index.php
- Wild snow - equipment info
- Gaia GPS app and Caltopo
- Mountain forecast Mont Jacques Cartier
- Spot weather
- Environment Canada - Gaspésie Park
- Weather Radar Environment Canada a
- Climate Atlas of Quebec
- Windy wind forecast
- Weather information platform Toutoumeteo.ca