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AST 1 Ski/Snowboard

Avalanche Canada Training Level 1 Ski

AST 1 Ski/Snowboard

Jan 14 - 15, 2023

Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails, or into the backcountry? An AST 1 is your place to start. You don’t need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.

This is the course where you’ll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to companion rescue. An AST 1 is a minimum of two days with both classroom and field components. You need to take this course first and so should your friends because just one person trained in a group is not enough. Everyone in your group should take an AST 1. Recognize an AST 1 course is only the beginning—the avalanche pros will tell you avalanche training is a lifelong process.

This course will be located at Castle Mountain Resort. Classroom starts at 9:00. Field day starts at 9:00 and will be utilizing the cat ski terrain, this requires all participants to purchase a one-ride lift pass for Huckleberry Chair (link will be shared during classroom). All students are required to have: Transceiver, shovel, and probe in a backpack and a way to travel uphill in the backcountry. (touring skis, split board, snowshoes)

All students are required to read and sign a waiver at the beginning of the course. Please review and sign this online waiver in advance of the course date. Avalanche Skills Training Course Waiver

What you will learn:
Avalanche formation and release.

  • How to identify avalanche terrain.
  • The basics of trip planning.
  • Optimal use of tools and resources like avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk.
  • Using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Intro to companion rescue.
course overview



Date: Jan 14 - 15, 2023



Please review the waiver through the link below. Participants must read the waiver prior to payment of the course. Waivers will be provided and reviewed again on the first day of the course in person.
DOWNLOAD WAIVER * Waiver must be printed and witnessed in person at the beginning of the course.


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