Guided Ski Touring Trips - Explore Whistler's Backcountry

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DSK Guiding Provides Guiding, Training and Instruction in Hiking, Backcountry Ski Touring, Sea Kayaking, Navigation, Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue & Avalanche Safety. 

AST1 Avalanche Skills Training 2-Day Course - locals only special

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AST1 Avalanche Skills Training 2-Day Course - locals only special

150.00 300.00


Two (2) Day Course: December 20th & 21st, 2018 (Only a few spaces remaining)

Pricing: $300 for two days, or only $150 for Whistler locals if booked by December 10th, 2018)

If you have always wanted to get your Avalanche safety certification, and be able to venture into the unlimited powder runs of the back-country, treat yourself this Christmas to a, Whistler locals only, two (2) day AST1 course with our CAA Professional Member (Canadian Avalanche Association) Certified Instructor.

Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? An AST 1 is your place to start. You don't need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.

This is the course where you’ll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. An AST 1 is a minimum of two days with both classroom and field components. You need to take this course first and so should your friends because just one person trained in a group is not enough. Everyone in your group should take an AST 1. Recognize an AST 1 course is only the beginning - the avalanche pros will tell you avalanche training is a life long process.

What you will learn in an AST 1:

  • avalanche formation and release

  • identify avalanche terrain

  • the basics of trip planning

  • optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk

  • use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain

  • intro to companion rescue.

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  • Full back-country Ski equipment, with touring bindings and skins, or splitboard with skins. Alternatively, a snowboard and snowshoes. (Only required for day 2)

  • Avalanche Safety Kit (avalanche transceiver, collapsible shovel, and probe). (Required for both days)

  • Clothing for winter environment in temps down to -15. (Required for both days)

  • Pack Lunch and snacks.

  • *WhistlerBlackcomb back-country lift pass not included for 2nd day.

Dave will be equipped with guide pack (first aid/communications/repair stuff)


  • Moderate fitness needed.

  • Intermediate to advanced skiing/snowboarding experience level.

  • Previous back-country experience preferred, but not required.

$150 for Whistler Locals Only Special

*Online Bookings required
**All participants are required to sign a Waiver of Liability.
**All Bookings are non-refundable an non-transferable, including in scenarios of late arrival.
****Please call 604.938.4056 or email with any questions.

We reserve the right to cancel or change a booking or trip at any time before start date with a 100% refund (less any banking related administrative fees)  to the customer. DSK Guiding cannot be held accountable for any expenses incurred due to trip cancellations or changes. We recommend you consider purchasing 3rd party trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself from unforeseeable issues.  

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