Course Schedule

Avalanche Skills Training for sledders (AST1)

Date: January 12, 2021 to January 16, 2021

January 12/14/16, 2021

Course hosted in Prince George area (field day in Pine Pass, Wells, or Torpy area)

An AST 1 course is where you’ll learn the fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. We start with theory in town, followed by a full day in the mountains.  This course is suitable for people with zero training or basic training, and some experience in the mountains.

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.  Have a blast with others who are just as keen as you are to have a fun, make great choices, and come home at the end of the day.

We offer this course in two different formats: two evening theory sessions and a field day, or two back-to-back full days (theory day then field day).  This one:

  • Tuesday Jan 12: 5:30pm-9:30pm classroom
  • Thursday Jan 14: 5:30pm-9:30pm classroom
  • Saturday Jan 16: all day in the mountains

Registration: $380+GST

Field day location and logistics will be selected by the instructor based on snow conditions and the participants' experience levels, and will be confirmed on the theory nights.

Click Here to Register for AST 1 


About the Course:

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 registered sled, helmet, and basic avy gear (shovel, probe, & digital transceiver).  Avy gear can be rented for $50 if arranged in advance.

Click Here to Register for AST 1 - make sure to select the correct weekend