AST2 offered at Boulder Hut 6-13 Jan

PeakStrategem lead instructor Brent Peters taps out

PeakStrategem lead instructor Brent Peters taps out

PEAKSTRATEGEM is offering a unique lodge-based Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST2) course at Boulder Hut. Participants will experience 7 days of guided, catered ski touring in combination with the opportunity to improve avalanche skills.

From treeline to alpine, simple to complex, Boulder Hut offers perfectly varied terrain. Fertile ground to master decision making, route finding, and skiing and snowboarding technique.

Classroom curriculum is covered in the mornings and evenings so program participants spend more time on snow skiing and analyzing the terrain.

Students perform daily forecasts, select appropriate terrain, develop route plans, and lead challenging days while under direct supervision of PeakStrategem's experienced instructors.

Early season timing allows program participants to hone their skills during the entire 2019 ski touring season.


Expert Instruction

LEAD INSTRUCTOR Brent Peters is an Alpine and Ski Guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Brent is also a serving member of the Canadian Forces and is a founding partner of the Outward Bound Veterans Program.

PEAKStratagem teaches its clients the skills to be competent, confident and independent in the backcountry.


If you have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry.

An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises classroom instruction with practice in the field.

What you will learn

  • Progressive planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely through various types of terrain.

  • Key techniques for using the Danger Rating on a local scale.

  • Key techniques for applying the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model to develop personal, local terrain ratings.

  • Proficiency in carrying out a companion rescue.


Day 1: Meet at Kimberly Alpine Resort for Briefing. Helicopter Flight to Boulder Hut. Companion rescue training and drills.

Day 2-6: Review of forecasts and planning meetings over breakfast. Interactive ski day – we learn while we ski, discussing terrain choices, snowpack and gathering data as required. Expect a full day of skiing. Evening meeting, classroom sessions and social.

Day 7 : Half day of skiing. Helicopter flight to Kimberley Alpine Resort. Farewells.

Prerequisites: AST1, moderate fitness and strong intermediate ski or boarding ability.