Avalanche Safety Training 1

sharing the past


protecting the future

Event Details


It’s critical to be able to understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur, and find routes that minimize risk in order to fully enjoy our wonderful backcountry! We all dream of dropping into the perfect powder line, snowshoeing along picturesque ridgelines and soaking up the best parts of what it means to live nestled in the Coast and Cascade Mountains during the Winter. Whether you are snowshoeing, skiing and boarding, or mountaineering, understanding what is happening in the snowpack is critical to staying alive in avalanche terrain.

Based on the most advanced knowledge available, this course will provide you with entry-level decision-making skills essential for backcountry travel and safety. This course is for people with no backcountry skills and minimal experience looking to expand their skillset and dive deeper into the mountains.

The curriculum for this course is based on the requirements set out by the Canadian Avalanche Center (CAC). By the end of the weekend you will understand the basics of avalanche formation and release in susceptible terrain, know how to plan and carry out a safe backcountry trip using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain, and be confident implementing out a companion rescue. In addition, you will learn where to find and how to use a variety of avalanche safety resources.

Mountain courses are also a great way to meet people who are likeminded, live in the same area and are planning similar adventures in the mountains.

Many students stay in touch with their fellow classmates and lifelong friendships and adventure partners are formed during our courses. The course will be comprised of one evening classroom session, to be held at Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors in Chilliwack, followed by 2 days in the field up the Coquihalla or in Manning Park, weather dependent.

Event Details

As a requirement of participation with Ascent Fraser Valley Guides and Mountain School, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the beginning of the activity.

Virtual training
Due to COVID-19, all classroom components need to be completed in advance on a virtual training platform. Your instructor will be in touch with you and will send you the appropriate links and resources to complete this portion of the course.

Day 1
Field portion 1: Exact location TBD

Day 2
Field portion 2: Exact location TBD

Guide:guest ratio
1 : 8

2 days

Gear required *
Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
Skis, splitboard or snowshoes
Waterproof gloves
Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Base layers
Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
30-40Lday pack
Water bottle

Fitness requirement
Basic level of hiking/ skiing

The field portion of this course will occur in the local Fraser Valley backcountry.

The classroom training will have to be completed individually via virtual training prior to the course dates. The field days will start at 9am and run until 5pm.

No previous avalanche experience is required. In order to enable your learning experience, you must participate in this course on skis, splitboard or snowshoes.


*It is the clients responsibility to secure equipment prior to the course or trip. If renting through Mt. Waddington Outdoors, you will receive a discount code for online rentals. Please allow adequate time to acquire your rental gear, specifically if shipment is required.

Venue: Mt Waddingtons Outdoors - 5643 Vedder Road, Chilliwack



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