So ya let’s say you’ve taken your AST-1 and started going in the back-country on ACC trips or with friends. You love the experience, you don’t mind the exercise on the up, nor the variable weather and snow conditions every day out there brings. You are starting to get itchy and want to go further and higher, you see the endless possibilities of shredding deep powder and finding the bliss of floating in amazing sceneries.. yeah now you’re hooked and the White Siren is calling, so what should you do!?! is your AST-1 sufficient!?
..when you already have an AST-1, what is the difference? why should you think of taking an AST-2?
Here is a description I found online about the AST-2:
If you prefer making your own trail rather than following tracks and/or if you often find yourself seeking out adventures that require travel in Challenging or Complex Terrain, then this is the Avalanche Skills course for you. It is taught exclusively by Professional Members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and industry experts and designed to enable students with a solid understanding of Avalanche Safety principles to build on their existing knowledge.
The primary focus will be on a developing and implementing a system for assessing and evaluating potential avalanche slopes in the backcountry in regards to the hazard that they present. This course is not meant to be a forecasting course, nor a course that dwells on the scientific collection and recording of snowpack and weather observations.
Rather, the course will emphasize the practical collection and analysis of relevant data that an average backcountry skier would be able to use as the basis for making their decisions regarding travel in avalanche terrain. The instruction is split between classroom theory sessions and practical field sessions, which are held at a variety of locations to experience different snowpacks and conditions. (credit The Mountain School)
If you are still hesitating, here is more info:
The way I see it – and we are a few experienced ski trip leaders agreeing on this – I’d rather be on the SAFE side of things to INCREASE my KNOWLEDGE and DECREASE the RISK of something bad happening.
Also as trip leader I really appreciate being able to discuss decisions with the folks in my group at the same level of understanding. And if I do take a decision, that it is understood WHY by the group.
Just a thought my ski friends, just a thought!
March 6, 2018