We are offering this course in the early season to allow local residents and seasonal staff to participate and learn before the busy Christmas season begins and they no longer have time. A deep snowpack is in fact not necessary to learn about avalanches, terrain evaluation, companion rescue nor safe backcountry travel – the primary objectives of the course. We will still be able to dig a snow pit and demonstrate snow analysis techniques learning about an early season snowpack. Please look here [url]http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast/ast-1[/url] for additional information on the course material. Regardless of whether you are intending to join this course, I would recommend anyone interested in backcountry travel to visit this site as there is a wide range of excellent, free information available there.
We do also offer courses throughout the winter with at least one scheduled each month through this season, so if you feel you would learn more from another course that option is also available. Our certified instructors are well aware of the conditions required to provide an informative course and a productive learning environment. You will find CAA supported courses available at all times of the winter season wherever these courses are offered.
We look forward to a great, informative course next month but in the meantime, we are definitely hoping for more snow so that the powder days to begin.
The BD crew.