Kootenays! B.C. Rockies, well
known for some of the most variable avalanche terrain in the world. The best
place to learn, apply and evaluate risks and skills needed to survive exploration in the
backcountry. Join Tim Rippel, playing in his back yard
professionally guiding and teaching in the West Kootenays for the past
19 years. Familiar with secret stashes, great lines and extreme
AST2 - Avalanche Skills Training
Surface hoar January
2009 in the Kootenays! Photos:
1, 2 and 4 day Avalanche Safety Programs geared
to backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineering, snow shoeing, snow
machine operators, foresters, miners, highway workers and anyone working
or playing outside a controlled snow pack environment.
Each course consists videos, slides, lectures and interactive
discussion and full days of hands-on field training with
state-of-the-art avalanche rescue equipment. Participants will
learn to read the clues of snow pack, weather and terrain. You
will learn to evaluate hazard and assess risk. You will
actively participate in transceivers searches, snow stability testing, snow pack
analysis and avalanche search & rescue scenarios. Each
course is a balance of classroom training and field practice.
Expect an intense experience with a full schedule. The maximum participant ratio is 1
to 8. To avoid disappointment please book early.
Courses are instructed by Tim Rippel.-BIO
professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, Mountain
Rescue Professional and Mt. Everest and International guide outfitter,
pro-patrol leader, Outside Operations Ski Area manager and has been
certified by the ACMG working as a heli and backcountry ski guide for
Canadian Avalanche experience and knowledge for two
Prevention and the Language of Risk
will be the focus in these courses. Explaining the fine points of the Avaluator. A new
user friendly system for understanding and evaluating potential
hazards and risk.
and Tim put together a fantastic course. I had a great time and feel like
I learned a lot. I feel much more confident in evaluating what is going on
out there now. I will recommend Peak Freaks to everyone I know.
start at Peak Freaks base camp lodge, Whitewater Road
In addition, the course will:
Provide the prerequisite
knowledge required for further avalanche training.
Introduce and promote the
Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program as
the accepted standard for advanced avalanche training.
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course participants at the ROAM Shop.
Courses are limited to 8: Book
early to avoid disappointment
Travel Accident Insurance for
visitors to Canada. Due to our flawless
safety record we have negotiated excellent coverage for our participants
from around the world. Visit our Insurance
Portalfor a quote and to purchase.
MESSAGE FROM THE CAC
AVALUATOR- TRIP PLANNER
Each year in Canada, an average of 12 people
are killed and many more are injured by avalanches. Many of the victims knew how
to recognize dangerous conditions. Some even had formal avalanche training. So
why did they get caught?
Growing evidence suggests that many avalanche
victims died because they lacked a simple, systematic way of making decisions in
avalanche terrain. In developing the Avaluator, we studied more than 1400 North
American avalanche accidents and interviewed dozens of avalanche experts. We
wanted to learn as much as possible from past mistakes and pass this knowledge
on to you.
The Avaluator™ is designed to help you make
some of your most critical decisions before and during your backcountry trips.
The card and its accompanying booklet focused on four key decision and travel
you curious to learn more about decision-making in Avalanche terrain?
Peak Freak AST1 course participants
will receive an Avaluator card and 2 full days instruction on how to use
OPTIONAL COURSE CHALET ACCOMMODATION for AST
2 programs. AST 1 accommodation available in Nelson.
Whitewater Chalet + $50CA per night, per
person, minimum 3 nights on the 4 day AST2 program. Whitewater
Our luxurious hand built by Tim typically rents for $375.00 a night so it's a
pretty sweet deal and experience for those interested.
prices are in Canadian dollars, plus 12% HST and are based on a
minimum of 4 participants.
Maximum group size on all
courses is 8.
and private courses are available and are subject to availability of
Level 2- Course include: Curriculum, instructional
materianls, Competition Certificate
and Course Manual provided by the CAC.
courses start-end at Peak Freak Expeditions base camp situated in
the heart of the Kootenay's on Whitewater Ski Area Road. We have
several ideal terrain locations within a close proximity to our
base camp. Terrain selection
adjust to conditions offering a variety of learning scenarios.
Tim and Becky,
I just had to let you know how
much I enjoyed the Advanced Recreational Avalanche Course. The course was
extremely well organized. The instruction was motivational and insightful. I
gained a great deal of confidence over the four days, as well as a lot of
knowledge and skill. Tim, I'm sure you've heard this before, but I'd like you to
hear it again... Your leadership is inspirational and I hope our paths cross
again someday. Perhaps I will enroll in another course at some point. Thank you
both! I'm also keeping in touch with several people from the course. Happy
Ridge- Nelson, B.C.
Tim Ripple for the benefit
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