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Avalanche Centre

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Whitewater Ski Resort offers a variety of avalanche safety courses for skiers and snowboarders with a wide range of experience. Our single day Avalanche Awareness Courses are designed as an introductory class for the aspiring backcountry enthusiast to begin their avalanche safety education. The 3 day Avalanche Skills Training is a more in-depth look at snow stability and safe travel techniques and is a Canadian Avalanche Association recognized course. NEW for the 2014/2015 season is our Discover Whitewater Backcountry program that can be delivered upon request (based on adequate advanced notice). Whitewater Ski Resort strives to educate our backcountry travelers and also offers free avalanche safety education to local youth thanks to the Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries program. 

 

AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSES

Interested in learning about Avalanche Awareness? This one-day introductory course is a great place to start.
Instruction starts in the classroom and then moves out onto the mountain where you will learn how to recognize avalanche hazards, basic technique for transceiver use and how to dig and understand a snow pit.
This course is a recommended pre-requisite for the Avalanche Skills Training Course for those with no previous Avalanche Awareness.
Come equipped with your skis/board. Avalanche gear is not mandatory.

Sign up at the Guest Services Desk at the mountain, in the downtown office, or call 250-354-4944.

Please note there is a minimum requirement of 6 students registered per course date in order for the class to run.  If the minimum number of required students is not met for a specific date those registered will be automatically added to the next available course date.  If there are not enough participatants for the March course it will be cancelled.  Maximum enrollment is 12 students per class. 

Meeting at 9:00 am in Coal Oil Johnny's in the day lodge. The day will end 3:30-4:00 pm.

  •   Saturday, December 27, 2014 
  •   Saturday, January 10, 2015
  •   Saturday, February 7, 2015
  •   Saturday, March 7, 2015

Price:  $35.00
* includes lift ticket for the day 

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 
This 3-day course, recognized by the Canadian Avalanche Association, is highly recommended for anyone interested in backcountry travel. The course is also a pre-requisite for the CAA level 1 avalanche course. Topics covered in the course include steps on how to plan and carry out a trip, avalanche terrain recognition, terrain analysis and safe travel techniques, snow pack structure and avalanche rescue procedures.The first evening of the course is spent indoors in a location in Nelson, and runs from 5:00pm-9:30pm. The following two days are spent outside in the field, up at Whitewater Ski Resort. Expect to be outside all day (9:00am-4:00pm) while undergoing moderate activity. Participants must have: Avalanche transceiver, probe & shovel, touring bindings (ie Alpine Trekkers/Fritschi Touring bindings), climbing skins or snowshoes for snowboarders, collapsible poles. This equipment can be rented at Whitewater (make sure you pre-book and get fitted at the rental shop before the start of the course.) It is mandatory that participants 16 years or younger also take the 1 day Whitewater Avalanche Awareness course AND receive prior approval of the lead instructor. If participants 17 years or older do not have any backcountry experience, then the Avalanche Awareness course is highly recommended.

Sign up at the Guest Services Desk at the mountain, in the downtown office, or call 250-354-4944.

Please note there is a minimum requirement of 6 students registered per course date in order for the class to run.  If the minimum number of required students is not met for a specific date those registered will be automatically added to the next available course date.  If there are not enough participatants for the March course it will be cancelled.  Maximum enrollment is 12 students per class. 

The dates for the 2014/2015 season are as follows:

  • Friday, January 2nd - Sunday, January 4th, 2015
  • Friday, January 16th - Sunday, January 18th, 2015
  • Friday, February 6th - Sunday, February 8th, 2015
  • Friday, March 13th - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Price: $195.00  *Includes Backcountry Avalanche Awareness book (a publication by the Canadian Avalanche Association) and lift tickets, if required

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY
We require 48 hours notice to cancel any course in our AST programs.  Depending on the situation outside of the 48 hours we will reschedule for a later date, in an open course, or if unavailible we will refund the price of the course in full.  Inside the 48 hours we will use manager's discretion on a case by case situation.   

Discover Whitewater Backcountry

DISCOVER WHITEWATER BACKCOUNTRY

New for the 2014/2015 season is a way to discover the Whitewater Backcountry with a little help from our friendly Snow Safety staff members. This program is designed for Intermediate to Advanced Skiers/Snowboarders who are new to touring or new to the area. Participants must be a minimum age of 16 years and parental guidance required for those aged 16-18. It is an educational program that showcases the expansive backcountry routes available from Whitewater Ski Resort. It will aim to educate participants on what skills / knowledge one should have when exploring beyond the ski area boundaries including local snowpack analysis, a review of recommended gear and its use, avalanche awareness basics and showcasing the various routes available in the area. Note: Staff members will ensure to promote the Beacon Basin and AST courses offered by Whitewater as a part of the program.

  • Where: The location will be dependent on the current backcountry conditions and the ability of those partaking in the program. Options include, but are not limited to: 5 Mile, Trash Ridge, White Queen, West Ymir.
  • When: 9:00am – 3:00pm Friday & Saturday OR Upon Request. Note that the program is subject to availability. Advanced bookings are recommended.
  • Cost: $150 per person which includes lunch. Lunch could be either a bagged lunch or a $15 gift card. Note that there is a maximum group number of 6 per instructor.
  • What to Bring: Avalanche transceiver, probe & shovel, touring bindings (ie Alpine Trekkers/Fritschi Touring bindings), climbing skins, collapsible poles. Splitboards highly recommended for snowboarders. All Ski touring equipment can be rented at Whitewater Rentals (make sure you pre-book and get fitted at the rental shop before the start of the course as, the rental shop opens daily at 8:00am).
  • How to Register: Sign up at the Guest Services Desk at the mountain, in the downtown office (602 Lake Street), by email or call 250-354-4944.

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"I have skied virtually everywhere in Western Canada plus in Colorado and Utah and nowhere beats Whitewater for consistent snow, small lift lines, and first class food. "
Anonymous
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Whitewater Ski Resort, Nelson BC