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  1. #1
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    AST Level 2 or AIARE level 2?

    Hi all,

    Haven't been able to find a ton of recent information digging through this forum, and my understanding is that the courses have evolved quite a bit over the last few years: is there a consensus on whether one of these course is better than the other?

    I took the AST1 a couple of years ago and learnt a bunch of stuff, but want to make sure I'm more comfortable making decisions in the BC. It seems that the AST level 2 is four full field days + an evening of lectures, whereas the AIARE seems to be 2-3 field days + one full classroom day. Based on that I would be leaning towards the AST 2, but would like to hear what people have to say. I'm based in Seattle, so could travel up to whistler/squamish for the AST2, or take the AIARE locally.

    Thanks!

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    AST 2. If you've started on that system, continue on it IMHO. Although allegedly the US program has dramatically improved with the pro rec split.

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    Other variables - like instructors, fellow students, venue, and conditions - add up to make a bigger difference than Canadian vs. U.S. systems.

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    If I could squeeze it in financially this year, I'd be going with Rob and crew: https://www.facebook.com/rob.coppoli...62377719350133

    More here: https://www.vettamountainguides.com/rob-bio

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDW View Post
    Other variables - like instructors, fellow students, venue, and conditions - add up to make a bigger difference than Canadian vs. U.S. systems.
    Yeah, actually you are right. Especially for the OP's goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDW View Post
    Other variables - like instructors, fellow students, venue, and conditions - add up to make a bigger difference than Canadian vs. U.S. systems.


    That makes sense. I was thinking of going with Altus Mountain guides in Whistler: https://altusmountainguides.com/aval...el-2-whistler/.

    Has anyone had any experience with those guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    If I could squeeze it in financially this year, I'd be going with Rob and crew: https://www.facebook.com/rob.coppoli...62377719350133

    More here: https://www.vettamountainguides.com/rob-bio

    A little out of my price range unfortunately. Looks fun though!

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