AST2 Refresher - Risk Based Decision Making in Mountain Terrain w Mark Klassen - Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: Start at Lake Louise Alpine Centre, upstairs lounge 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 07:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 07:00 PM  
Event Duration: 2 Day 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Ken Chatel

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Costs: $400.00 (this includes tax) for two days of instruction

Course Content:
This is an intermediate to advanced level course for those wanting to refresh their skills and/or add new skills to their portfolio.

The full two-day course focuses on risk based decision making in mountain terrain for skiers and snowboarders.

A morning discussion assessing hazard and risk leads to using that evaluation to choose the correct terrain in the field.

Quick field observations guided by Mark will back up our initial assessments.

Students should be prepared to lead a group, practicing tracksetting and making equipment choices to reduce risk!

This will be a very hands on course that will give you added confidence travelling in the backcountry safely.

Location will be determined by snow conditions (Banff, Lake Louise, HW 93) but is sure to be challenging while adequate for the course.

- AST 2, or equivalent experience.
- 30 days touring in the previous 3 years could be a baseline. That’s one weekend a month for three seasons.

This course will be provided by Mark Klassen ACMG-IFMGA Mountain Guide and author of ski and mountaineering guidebooks for the Canadian Rockies (
Required Items to Bring:
- Day ski touring gear list: (Base Gear List)

In addition to the required Base Gear List, the following times are required:

- Harness and 2 locking carabiners (I have these items available for loan)
- Notebook and pencil (Avalanche Canada's Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain field book recommended)
- Thermometer
- Snow saw

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Mark to provide more information to those selected for the course.  

It is a first paid - first on the course registration. The course fee is $400.00 which includes taxes.

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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 07:00 PM.