Avalanche Skills Training level 2 (AST-2)

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course provides an intermediate level decision-making framework that is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience and based on the most advanced knowledge available.

The course provides the prerequisite knowledge required for further avalanche training such as the professional avalanche technician level 1 training.

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

  • Use the Avaluator™ 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 ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use route finding 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.