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New for 2019/20 season is a standard 3 day AST 1 course format. I have learned over the years teaching courses is that a full day of classroom is too much and only one day of field time is not enough! My AST 1 courses cover the classroom session in the evening on the first day and short morning sessions on the field days. More time in the field makes for a better course!

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An AST 1 course is where you’ll learn the fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 1 course comprises a minimum of seven hours of classroom instruction with one full day in the field, and is suitable for people with basic training and little experience.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.

  • Identify avalanche terrain.

  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.

  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where avalanche bulletins are available.

  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.

  • Find resources for obtaining avalanche danger ratings and avalanche bulletins if these are not available.

  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.

  • Carry out a companion rescue.

  • Understand the limits of their training.

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AST 1 - Itinerary

Day 1 - Evening Classroom Session

Day 2 - Field Day

Day 3 - Field Day


  • 3 days instruction. All instructors are ACMG Ski Guides and Professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association

  • Skiing lines in the backcountry!. you will ski more on this AST course then others, but come in with the mindset of learning!

  • Avalanche Canada AST 1 certificate

  • "Avalanche Skills Training" by James Floyer

  • Avalanche Canada Avaluator 2 booklet

  • Precourse reading and viewing material to prepare you for the course.

  • Field day in the backcountry. The location is for the conditions of the day and suitable for the group.

  • Companion Rescue field Card


Book before September 30, 2019 and receive 10% off!
Use code “EARLYBIRD”