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.