Avoid avalanches and learn how to self and partner rescueAvalanche Training

If you ski, board, snowshoe, sled, or work in BC or Alberta’s backcountry, it is helpful to have an awareness of avalanche terrain, snow characteristics, how weather can affect avalanche hazards, and more. Our instructors are experienced avalanche professionals - all recognized avalanche techs by Avalanche Canada.

By the end of these exciting courses, you will have an understanding of how avalanches release, how to use the pre-planning tools available, how to use the right gear, how to assess the risks you face depending on terrain, weather, the season’s snow/weather history, understand your backcountry travel choices, and how to make decisions appropriate to your group’s skills and risk-acceptance levels. You will also learn how to rescue your friend in the case of an emergency.

Upcoming courses are listed on our calendar.


Courses offered:

Avalanche Skills Training level 1 (AST-1)

Duration: 2 days (1 day or 8 hours classroom, and 1 day in the mountains). The class will be hosted in Prince George and Barkerville unless otherwise identified.

Participants under the age of 19 must register with a parent.

Pricing: $350+GST for ski/snowshoe based courses, $380+GST for sled based courses.

Offered for recreational users, or modified for occupational courses. 

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Avalanche Skills Training level 2 (AST-2)

Duration: 4 days.

Pricing: $660+GST.

Offered for recreational users, or modified for occupational courses. Unless otherwise identified, the class will be hosted in Prince George.

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Companion Rescue Skills 

Duration: 1 day.  

Pricing: $125+GST.

Awareness - level workshops tailored to your group’s needs (1/2 day to 1 full day, no certification provided).

Equipment Needed

Participants are required to provide basic avalanche gear: shovel, probe and digital transceiver. Skiers need touring gear including skins and appropriate bindings. Snowmobilers will need an approved helmet, sled, and some way to transport their sled. 

Learn to travel safely in avalanche terrainAvalanche training

This is crucial for anyone recreating or working in the mountains, to keep the experience fun and make sure you come home at the end of the trip!


For more information about these courses, visit the Canadian Avalanche Center at http://www.avalanche.ca/training. Email to inquire about upcoming courses in Northern BC.

Heading out on a trip? Don’t forget all the great bulletins, trip planning tools, and risk-assessment tools available FREE from Avalanche Canada.

FREE: the CAC's free online avalanche course is up! Check it out www.avalanche.ca/training

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