Do I need an official AIARE or AST level 1 course?
We are looking to get into backcountry skiing, and want to take a course to learn the safty basics (we live in Toronto). We found a place in Lake Placid that offers instruction, but does't offer the offical course (I understand it has to do with AIARE fees and demand). My thought process is that we are taking the course to improve our skills, and the certificate is really just a way for AIARE and CAA to raise money for their operations. However, we are still debating if we should find a places that offeres the official course, our 2 main concers are:
1) Would we be able to take the AST 2 course is the future (without AST 2) 2) Do any places require the certificate?