Avalanche dog rescue simulation – video
Avalanche and the Canadian Ski PatrolThe CSP has a long history in avalanche safety and education. This tradition continues with a small but enthusiastic group of patrollers primarily located in Calgary, Whitehorse and southern British Columbia. Our aim is to spread the avalanche safety message to all CSP patrollers. The goal is to have all patrollers, that patrol at ski resorts with avalanche terrain, trained with the avalanche knowledge and skills to be a valuable member of the area's patrol team.
Avalanche skills training programsThe prime focus of our education programs is providing the Avalanche Skills Training (AST) 1 & 2 courses to fellow patrollers. All the AST courses follow the guidelines established by Avalanche Canada (AvCan). The AvCan website (http://www.avalanche.ca/training#overview) is an excellent resource for an education overview.
Avalanche Skills Training 1The first step in your formal avalanche education, a minimum 16-hour course, which combines classroom theory and practical field exercises. Typically taught over one full weekend, it can be conducted at your local ski area or in the backcountry. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to avalanche safety; primarily to understand and use basic safety procedures. Limited stability evaluation and route finding skills are covered. Course fee is $70 per person. These courses are limited to 16 persons. Courses are open to patrollers, family members and friends. Patrollers have first priority.
Avalanche Skills Training 2A comprehensive, advanced avalanche skills course for non-professionals. A minimum 30-hour course spread over four days. Emphasis is on practical field skills, including terrain recognition, route finding, safe travel, group management, stability evaluation, small party self rescue. The field sessions are in the backcountry, so appropriate touring equipment and skills are required. This course requires the course leader to be a CAA Professional Member. The instructors hired for these courses are Parks Canada Public Safety personnel and/or ACMG certified guides. AST 2 courses are subsidized - cost is $270. Class size is restricted to a maximum of eight persons, with a minimum of five persons. Prerequisites include having taken an AST 1 course previously and hopefully some time touring. It is not recommended to do an AST 1 and an AST 2 course in the same season. Thanks to CSP Mountain Division for their financial support in running the AST 2 Course.
Companion rescue skills courseThis course, is a one-day, field-based course designed for people to practice and hone their companion rescue skills. The CRS course is suitable for any snowmobiler, skier, snowboarder, mountaineer, and/or snowshoer who recreate in avalanche terrain. Content can be focused to two interest groups:
- AST graduates (1 or 2) looking to update and improve upon search and rescue abilities learned in their AST courses.
- CSP patrollers with no AST training, who want to have rescue skills to enable them to be valuable members of their ski resort’s rescue teams.
This course can be taken on a yearly basis to ensure that rescue skills are continually kept up-to-date.The one-day Companion Rescue Refresher will train students to:•
- Consider preventative measure
- Analyze transceiver functions
- Apply search and rescue techniques
- Identify post-incident considerations
2017-2018 Avalanche training courses - AST 1 & 2
- AST 1 - March 17/18 2018, at Lake Louise. Cost $70, which includes use of avalanche gear and lift tickets.
- AST 2 - February 3 - 6, 2018. Location usually Lake Louise and Rogers Pass. Cost is $270.
- Contact person for both courses is Ken Lukawy at email@example.com.
Online avalanche coursesHave you taken an avalanche course previously and feel in need of an update or refresher course? New to the backcountry/off-piste skiing and not sure of what avalanche safety is all about? Not sure of what you think you know or don't know about travel in avalanche terrain? There is an excellent online resource that is available for you. Highly recommended and covers the following topics:
- Avalanche types and formation
- Avalanche terrain
- Pre-trip Planning
- Assessing Hazards
- Reducing risk in the field
- Avalanche incident reporting
Course FundingMountain Division, in its Education portfolio, does have a budget item to assist Mountain Division patrollers in attending Avalanche related workshops and courses. For more information on how to access this funding, see the contact information below: The contact for all CSP and Avalanche related questions is Ken Lukawy (CSP National Avalanche Program Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org.