Course Schedule

Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST1) for sledders

Date: February 9, 2019 9:00 am to February 10, 2019 6:00 pm

This course is in Wells, BC.  


An AST 1 course is where you’ll learn the fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 1 course includes 8 hours of theory, followed by a day in the mountains, and is suitable for people with basic training and some experience.

We all have to start somewhere!  This winter take the training that will help you understand your environment and the tools available to you, and help you make good decisions every time you head out into the backcountry.

Click here for more details and equipment needed.  Course registration fee: $330+GST.  Participants will also have to purchase a $25 trail pass on the second day of the course, in order to sled in the Wells/Barkerville area.

Click Here to Register for AST 1

By the end of this introductory course, you will understand how to:

• Evaluate the basics of avalanche formation and release

• Identify avalanche terrain

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

• Use appropriate decision-making tools

• Find resources for obtaining terrain ratings if a 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 your training.

Participants must have sled, helmet, and basic avy gear (shovel, probe, & digital transceiver)

Cost $330+GST
Instructor: Dave Merritt