Information for CSA 1 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.
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 2-day course aims to provide students with an entry-level decision-making framework that can be applied pre-travel and in the field to increase safety margins and maximize enjoyment.
- Day 1 : Most of the training will take place in class, bring comfortable clothes for the interior, you will also go outside.
- Day 2 : You will spend the majority of the day outdoors in the mountains to familiarize yourself with avalanche safety equipment and some search and rescue techniques.
- 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, sheets) will be given to you on the first day of training.
EQUIPMENT NOT INCLUDED:
- You must provide a lunch for the 2 days
- Bring a pen, notebook and a computer or telephone to share information with you.
- Bring your backcountry ski/splitboard/snowshoe equipment for trips on the second day. If you don't have one, we offer rental. Here is our Personal Equipment List reminder.
At the end of the course, you will receive a CSA 1 certificate of achievement issued by Ski Chic-Chocs and approved by Avalanche Canada. This is recognized across Canada.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM:
Mandatory to fill up and print for the first day of formation: FR | EN
Here is a link to download the Avalanche Safety Course Manual to properly prepare for the course:
- French: Manuel du cours de sécurité en avalanche
- English: Avalanche skills training book
You can also consult the Avalanche Canada Tutorial :
- in French https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/fr-ca
- in 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)
- 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