Introduction to Motorized Avalanche Skills Training
We take pride in introducing the Introduction to Motorized Avalanche Skills Training (Intro to M.A.S.T.) course, tailor-made for entry-level motorized backcountry enthusiasts who may have been unable to engage in Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 due to time or financial constraints. Our comprehensive course is meticulously designed to deliver hands-on, in-field instruction, immersing participants in a full day of riding and acquiring essential skills essential to effectively manage uncomplicated avalanche terrain. Our objective is to not only heighten snow avalanche awareness but also cultivate a foundation of basic competency.
Additionally, to maximize the benefits of this hands-on experience, you can supplement it with our online learning component titled Introduction to Motorized Avalanche Online Learning.
M.A.S.T. Courses require a minimum of 5 students for custom bookings. If we travel outside of Revelstoke/ Sicamous, BC those minimum student numbers are subject to change and or the price per person.
Please read in full and understand all the risks before committing to a course. Links below. Avalanche Canada Student Release / Soul Rides Release of Liability / Avalanche Canada Youth Student Release
COST: CA$210 + GST / Student
Parking Lot Meeting – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Prior to the course, you will receive detailed information regarding the meeting location and time. We will gather in the parking lot for a morning briefing, which typically lasts for about an hour. Feel free to bring your coffee and settle in comfortably, as we will promptly begin the course at 8:00 am. During this initial meeting, we will provide a brief overview of avalanche forecasting and examine the essential avalanche rescue gear.
It is important that you arrive fully prepared with all the necessary equipment for a day of snowmobiling or snow biking. Following the morning meeting, we will immediately head out to commence the practical portion of the course. Therefore, please ensure that you have your gear ready and are prepared to embark on the day’s activities right after the briefing. If you need avalanche rescue equipment, we can supply some, but you will need to notify us of this in advance of the course date.
Field Instruction – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
To optimize our time together, it is essential that you arrive at the course fully prepared with your sleds, gear, and food, ready to transition to the mountain. We will kick off the course by focusing on avalanche rescue equipment, ensuring you are familiar with its proper usage. From there, we will delve into avalanche rescue techniques and planning, providing you with hands-on instruction and simulated rescue scenarios.
Throughout our journey in the backcountry, we will make strategic stops to highlight important aspects such as avalanche terrain. During these stops, we will provide instructions on safe travel practices in avalanche-prone areas. It is crucial to note that part of our learning process involves digging and observing snow conditions. Therefore, please come prepared with warm gloves and a toque for these hands-on activities.
As the day progresses, our aim is to return to our staging area between 5:00 to 5:30 PM, marking the conclusion of the day’s activities.