Resort is closed December 2-8, please follow our off-season policy
Avalanche Education - Ymir Peak - Backcountry At Whitewater

Avalanche Education

Must Know Backcountry Info

Whitewater Ski Resort offers a variety of avalanche safety and backcountry courses for skiers/snowboarders with a wide range of experience. Be educated, be prepared. Bookings now open!

BOOK NOW

December

December 19-21, 2022

AST 1 #1 - **FULL** email for waitlist

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

December 22, 2022

AST 1 Refresher (Companion Rescue Skills)

Refresh your backcountry knowledge and put your skills to the test.

In this one-day course you will re-cap key learables from your AST 1 and delve deeper into Companion Rescue Skills. You will learn the latest techniques on how to respond to a backcountry avalanche: step up your transceiver searching skills, learn advanced probing and shovelling techniques and how to deal with complex rescue emergencies from Whitewater’s Snow Safety personnel.

January

January 2-4, 2023

AST 1 #2 - **1 space left**

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

January 6-8, 2023

Youth AST 1 #1

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn from Whitewater’s Snow Safety personnel on how to stay safe and make smart choices when exploring the backcountry. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and lots of time for questions to get the most out of your course.

January 13-15, 2023

AST 1 #3 - **FULL** email for waitlist

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

January 22, 2023

Managing Avalanche Terrain

This one-day course gives you the lowdown to navigate through complicated avalanche terrain, on your way to find the best turns on the mountain. Our small course sizes provide a great environment to learn, with dialed instructors and endless terrain to choose from.

Your morning begins learning how to plan a day trip using the best resources available. Then head outside to put your plan into action! You’ll begin to assess terrain and snow conditions as you travel and adapt to the conditions you find.

January 27-29, 2023

AST 1 #4

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

February

February 3-5, 2023

Youth AST 1 #2

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn from Whitewater’s Snow Safety personnel on how to stay safe and make smart choices when exploring the backcountry. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and lots of time for questions to get the most out of your course.

February 6-8, 2023

AST 1 #5

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

February 10-12, 2023

AST 1 #6 - *Womxn Specific*

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

February 17-19, 2023

AST 1 #7 

An evening classroom session, followed by two action-packed field days beginning at Whitewater Ski Resort - exploring decision making, avalanche dynamics and self-rescue skills while moving through backcountry avalanche terrain.

Learn hot tips and tricks from Whitewater’s own Snow Safety personnel on how to make the most of your backcountry adventures. Small group sizes allow for a supportive learning environment with one-on-one feedback and provide a great setting to meet your future touring buddies.

March

March 5, 2023

Managing Avalanche Terrain

This one-day course gives you the lowdown to navigate through complicated avalanche terrain, on your way to find the best turns on the mountain. Our small course sizes provide a great environment to learn, with dialed instructors and endless terrain to choose from.

Your morning begins learning how to plan a day trip using the best resources available. Then head outside to put your plan into action! You’ll begin to assess terrain and snow conditions as you travel and adapt to the conditions you find.