AST1 – ACC Calgary Course Dates: December 2, 3
Meeting Time: 8:30AM (There is a lot of
to cover so please strive to be on time.)
Meeting Location: Canmore, AB (Exact
Instructor: Cyril Shokoples – ACMG / IFMGA
Mountain Guide / CAA Professional Member /
Avalanche Canada AST Provider Course Content -
TEXTS: Everyone will get a copy of the course
text plus the Avaluator 2 which we will be using.
These will be handed out on the first day.
CURRICULUM: We will be following the current
Avalanche Canada guidelines for the AST level 1
GENERAL PLAN: Our plan is to spend Saturday doing
the required classroom work in Canmore.
Bring a lunch for EACH DAY of the course.
Saturday will be a long day so participants
should try to be somewhat fresh.
Saturday - meet in Canmore 8:30 AM (location
TBA and will be sent to participants prior to the
course) – primarily indoor sessions / possibly
brief outdoor session on transceiver search
Sunday is outdoors all day at Bow Summit
(subject to change due to weather).
Sunday - meet in Lake Louise (Laggan’s Deli)
7:45 AM. Travel to Bow summit.
We will try to be back to the vehicles by
about 5PM on Sunday at the latest. This course is
not at all about making turns or extreme skiing
in avalanche terrain. We will spend much of our
time on easy terrain and focus on skills that
will assist you to travel safely in avalanche
FIELD DAY: On Sunday of the course you should be
packed and ready to go on our first ski tour. We
will be departing shortly after we meet. If you
have any questions, please call. The plan for
that day will be a ski tour in the Rockies likely
very close to the cars near Bow Summit (about a
half hour north of Lake Louise). The field day is
mostly spent engaged in practicing snow and
rescue skills and you need very, very, VERY warm
clothing for standing still in the snow. You have
been warned! Our exact location for the field
trip will be somewhat weather and avalanche
stability dependent of course. Road conditions
can be extremely variable on the Icefields
Parkway. Even after Highway 93 is plowed it is
often in fair to poor condition. If you are car
pooling please be sure you travel in vehicles
with good winter tires.
ACCOMMODATION: First and foremost, the Calgary
Section DID NOT make accommodation arrangements
for you and that is your own responsibility.
Accommodation costs are not included in the
course cost. I am personally staying at Lake
Louise on Saturday night so that I don’t have a
huge amount of driving on Sunday.
MAPS: If you
have a map for the Bow Summit area please feel
free to bring it. I will have copies of the new
Wapta Icefields and area map available for our
PARK VEHICLE PASS: Be sure you are travelling in
vehicle that has a valid Parks Group Pass in the
window. If you do not have a valid pass in your
window you will not be allowed to attend the
course. Make sure you have a pass before you come
or pick up a pass when you enter Banff Park. Not
only is it required as part of my business
licence conditions, it is also your mountain
rescue insurance in case of an incident in the