Dezaiko Alpine Adventures Avalanche Skills Training 2019

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST2) For Skiers and Boarders

Course Dates

January 26-30, 2019


Includes course book "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain", "Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Fieldbook and "Avaluator" trip planning tool. Also includes helicopter transportation, meals and cabin fees. 

Course fees are non-refundable. It is recommended that you puchase trip cancellation insurance.


Craig Evanoff, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Ski Guide. Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Member. AST instructor since 2000.

Bonnie Hooge, Canadian Avalanche Association Active Member. AST intructor since 2000.

Course Description

The AST 2 is the recognized intermediate level avalanche safety course for recreational backcountry users in Canada. This is primarily a field based practical course. Lessons and discussions first thing in the morning are followed by full days spent in the terrain of the surrounding area.


Participants should have completed an introductory level avalanche safety course or have had prior learning and experience. Intermediate to advanced backcountry skiing skills in all snow conditions are required. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications if you are unsure whether this course is for you.

Course Venue

The course is based out of Dezaiko Lodge. The group will fly in the morning of January 26 and out the morning of January 30. The comfortable lodge is a great classroom and the extensive terrain is an ideal setting for the field exercises. There will be ample opportunity to sample the great snow and terrain that this location has to offer. 

Indoor Sessions

Mornings begin with weather observations and discussions on how the past, present and forecasted weather may affect snow stability. Objectives and routes for the day are planned. Additional indoor sessions may also include:

  • AST1 Review
  • Leadership and Travel in Avalanche Terrain
  • Companion Rescue
  • Terrain Exceptions
  • Trip Planning
  • Mountain Snowpack

After the field portion of the day the day is debriefed. Observations are summarized and the morning’s snow stability assessment is updated accordingly. Possible objectives for the next day are discussed.

Outdoor Sessions

  • Advanced Avalanche Beacon Training and Practice
  • Leadership and Safe Travel in Avalanche Terrain
  • Companion Rescue
  • Assessing Avalanche Terrain
  • Snowpack Observations and Tests

Emphasis will be on practicing what is presented, with participants taking an active part in preparing for and leading the daily excursions. Daily discussions of snowpack, terrain and weather factors present, and how they affect avalanche danger, will play a important role in selecting the travel objectives for the field portions of the course.


To Register:

  1. Contact us to check on availability.
  2. Complete the AST Registration Form.
  3. Pay $500.00 deposit now.(Reserves you spot. Balance is due January 1, 2019. We will send you an invoice/reminder).
  4.  Or pay the whole shot now.

You can pay by:

  • Cheque payable to Dezaiko Alpine Adventures. (preferred)
  • Interac e-transfer. (preferred)


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Craig Evanoff