Avalanche Course

Avalanche Safety Progression

The Avalanche Safety Progression course is designed to bridge the gap between the traditional recreational offerings and the highly technical professional-level courses.

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The next step

We have created the most advanced avalanche skills training course available that meets that objective. In turn, professional candidates can feel confident taking that next step. This course caters to our most advanced clients, is based on industry training standards in preparation for operational level courses.

We offer intimate group sizes with more hands-on learning and feedback by ACMG Ski and Snowboard Guides, who are committed to their mountain craft and can offer mentorship while you are focused on learning to operate as a professional and travel safely in a backcountry setting.

1 day of heli-assisted ski touring is included in price


Application process requiring an AST 2 (or equivalent), 3 full seasons of ski touring experience, advanced/expert ski or snowboarding ability.

Highlight Skills

Search techniques required in the Operation Level 1 standard for buried transceivers, professional-level products for weather, snowpack data collection and sharing, AM/PM style guide meetings.


4 Days


Starting at $1400


Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, BC


All Winter



Guest / Guide Ratio

6 to 1


  • Course material (Decision-making handbook)
  • 4 days of instruction from CAA members and ACMG guide
  • Heli flight to and from mountains.*

*In the event we are unable to fly students are refunded $250

Does Not Include

  • Avalanche rescue equipment
  • Backcountry lift ticket

Participants of the Backcountry Progression course will shift from rule-based and experiential decision-making to a more formalized approach. We will focus on tools that will leverage your interpretation and execution of standardized snowpack tests, route-finding skills, terrain assessment in avalanche terrain. The Backcountry Progression course covers more advanced risk assessment processes, hazard management, you can practice decision-making in a supervised environment with a certified ACMG guide, group management skills and advanced travel techniques.

Avalanche Skills Training

  • Introduction of the Conceptual Hazard Model, it’s definitions as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Rating verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
  • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.

Ski Touring Training

  • Route finding and navigation skills to move safely and collect data and perform standardized snowpack tests.
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions to meet the daily objectives and goals.
  • Proficiently to carry out a companion rescue, act as rescue leader 4 transceivers probed and dug up in under 8 minutes with a close proximity burial.

This course is what will prepare you for the next step into applying and being accepted into a professional-level course. We provide access to professional weather products and data. You will become familiar with the operational guidelines and recording standards that are used internationally. Participants must have completed an AST Level 2 or equivalent, have 3 years of ski touring or splitboarding experience, regularly travel uphill 1200-1500m a day, possess an expert level of skiing or snowboarding on any surface condition.

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Day 1 

8:00am-16:00pm field day

Blackcomb Backcountry

Day 2

 8:00am-16:00pm field day

Callaghan Backcountry

Day 3 

8:00am-16:00pm field day

Duffy lake Area

Day 4 

8:00am-16:00pm field day

Heli Assisted - Tantalus

Jan. 16-19, 2024
$1400 / person per person + GST
Jan. 30- Feb. 2, 2024
$1400 / person per person + GST
Feb. 13-16, 2024
$1400 / person per person + GST

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