AST 2 Town Based – Fernie

Join the Mountain Addicts for an AST 2 course in Fernie this winter. Our ACMG Ski Guides want to help you gain mountain travel independence.

About the Course

The AST 2 curriculum, developed by Avalanche Canada, will build on skills learned in the AST 1 course. It is a 4 day course that includes 1 full classroom session, and three field sessions, with additional sessions in the evening to prepare for the following day’s tour. You will receive coaching on trip planning, navigating, track setting, and more.

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"I think our instructor had an amazing teaching style and lots of knowledge. She was patient, respectful, enthusiastic and encouraging with any of our questions and concerns. I really appreciated the learning environment she created." - AST 2 Participant

"AST 2 - Get your crew together and book it. Mel put together an awesome course! We got some great turns, had some laughs, and most importantly, we learned how we can be more safe in the backcountry. Will never forget this trip."
- Dan Elgie, AST 2 Participant

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our Instructors and Guides

The Mountain Addicts team is obsessed with safety. All of our guides are members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). The ACMG is the only internationally recognized professional association of trained and certified mountain guides and instructors in Canada. Our guides come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and Mountain Addicts will find your perfect match.

Mel Makepeace

Ski Guide & Owner
Mel is the owner of Mountain Addicts, an ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. She began her career as a ski patroller in 2008 and now travels the world ski touring and heli-ski guiding. Mel particularly loves facilitating mountain travel confidence in women.

Corin Lohmann

Ski Guide
Corin loves sharing the mountain experience and the connections that are made while learning and exploring in the backcountry. Since 2011, Corin has been guiding ski trips in the mountains of Western Canada. He lives in Fernie with his family and spends his summers running icewalks.com ; a glacier guiding business in Jasper National Park.

More Info

  • AST 1 or equivalent training and experience
  • Ability to ski tour approximately 800-1200 meters in elevation per day
  • Ability to ski/ride off-piste conditions in a controlled manner
  • Good knowledge of your riding gear and transitioning equipment from walk mode to ski mode
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver

 

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