AST Level 1

Avalanches are the greatest hazard facing any winter backcountry traveler. In order to safely enjoy the backcountry you need understand why avalanche happen, be able to recognize and avoid terrain where avalanches may occur, and know what to do if you or one of you group is caught in an avalanche.

The course is taught by our team of active avalanche professionals and certified backcountry ski guides. These guys and galls live and work full time in the mountains. We focus on introducing you to simple avalanche hazard management techniques. Our courses are based on the most advanced knowledge available and will give you the fundamental skills for safe decision making in avalanche terrain.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand how and why avalanches form and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Use the appropriate safe travel techniques.
  • Perform companion rescue.
  • Find and use resources for trip planning.
  • Understand your personal limits in terms of training and experience

The course follows a training syllabus developed by the Avalanche Canada and a certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.


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Practical Information
This is a 2 day course. Day 1 is a mixture of classroom theory and outdoor avlanche rescue instruction. Day 2 is practical instruction outside, traveling in avalanche terrain.
Skill Level
No previous avalanche skills necessary. Must be able to travel on skis or split-board.
Upon registration we will send you a complete equipment list. There should not be any surprises on the equipment list. We will be using standard ski touring equipment and equipment rental is available.
Group Size
Maximum 1:6 Instructor to participant ratio. We require a minimum group size of 4 for the course to run.
Terms and Conditions
Students must be 18 years of age or older, prior to enrolling in the course.