Fort McMurray, AB - Avalanche Education

With the partnership of the McMurray Sno-Drifters, the Alberta Snowmobile Association, the Canadian Avalanche Centre, and Four Seasons Power Sports, Zac’s Tracs is headed to Fort McMurray for another series of avalanche classes & school based SledSmart programs Nov 11-15, 2014.


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AST Level 1 – CLASSROOM EXERCISES


OPTION #1 – November 11 & 13, 2014 Two evenings
5:30pm – Doors open
6:00pm – 10:30pm – Class Meeting Location – Fort McMurray Tar Sands Lions Clubhouse #3 Tolen Drive, Fort McMurray
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OPTION #2 – November 11, 2014 Full Day
8:30am – Doors open
9:00am – 5:30pm – Class
Meeting Location – Fort McMurray Tar Sands Lions Clubhouse
#3 Tolen Drive, Fort McMurray
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OPTION #3 – November 15, 2014 Full Day
8:30am – Doors open
9:00am – 5:30pm – Class
Meeting Location – Alberta Industrial Sheet Metal
203 – 400 MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray
(located in Gregoire Industrial Park)
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Please bring $25 cash for snacks, lunch and refreshments for the day!
A course video will be watched over the lunch hour and everyone must stay and eat in.

The AST Level 1 is considered the minimum level of training that all backcountry riders should have. The AST 1 is an excellent introduction to avalanche terrain recognition skills, snowpack theory, rescue skills and overall risk management…
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RESCUE WORKSHOP

Meeting Time – November 14, 2014
6:00pm – Doors open
6:30pm – 9:30pm – Class
Meeting Location – Alberta Industrial Sheet Metal
203 – 400 MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray
(located in Gregoire Industrial Park)
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This program is a basic introductory to rescue skills and is a great option for those not able to attend the daytime Outdoor Rescue Workshop session noted above.
If you should ever find yourself in the situation to need it, the beacon search should be second nature, freeing your mind up for more complicated rescue needs. Learn how to…
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PLEASE NOTE These Rescue Workshops will be indoor / outdoor presentations and hands-on. Please bring your personal beacon, probe, shovel, and pack if you already own them, however it is not necessary. Some demo units will be available. Please dress for the weather as we may take the opportunity to go outdoors for part of the program.

It is recommended that you label all personal gear with your name to prevent loss.


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OUTDOOR RESCUE EXERCISES

Meeting Time – November 16, 2014
8:30am – Instructor Arrival Time
9:00am – 1:00pm Class
Meeting Location – Heritage Park
#1 Tolen Drive, Fort McMurray, AB


View Zac’s Tracs 2009-10 Avalanche Course locations in a larger map

This outdoor session is a modified AST1 mountain field session. This session is designed to offer rescue training skills to students that may not have the opportunity to complete the AST mountain field training session. It is also a great pre-course preparation for those riders keen to make the most of the AST1 mountain field exercises. Hands on activities will be…
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Canadian Avalanche Centre Seminar – Avalanche Awareness evening

Meeting Time – Thu, November 12, 2014
6:30pm – Doors open
7:00pm – 9:30pm – Class
Meeting LocationTBD

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE OF CHARGE
For more info CLICK HERE

This program is a basic introductory to the Canadian Avalanche Centre resources including:

  • Avalanche Bulletins
  • Online Trip Planner
  • Free Training
  • Formal Training courses


We will highlight the 10 Commandments of Mountain Safety as well as the many options that are available to us on each riding day to minimize our exposure to avalanche risks.
This evening seminar is a good intro for anyone headed to the mountains on sled, skis, snowboards, snowshoes, even for those people working or just traveling through the mountains.
For those that are serious about mountain safety, please follow up with one of the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 classes noted above.

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AST 1 Mountain Field Session

Choose ONE field day.
Valemount, Tumbler Ridge, Golden, Fernie, Revelstoke
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A certificate of completion for the AST1 is awarded to those riders that follow through with a hands-on mountain field session.
Mountain training is very important. Understanding the signs of unstable snow, choosing terrain and proper travel habits are the key to managing the risks in avalanche areas. Habits are hard to break but by actually…
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To Register

You may register for any number of the sessions depending on your interests and availability.
THE DAYTIME SESSIONS ARE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE.

All Fort McMurray sessions are open to youth, 14 years of age and older. CLICK HERE to check out youth pricing and other discounts and credits.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
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Confirmed Registrations

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