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Avalanche Skills Training Courses

Terrain is a provider of the Avalanche Canada Avalanche Training programs, we offer the AST 1, AST 2, Managing Avalanche Terrain (MAT), and Companion Rescue courses.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) – This course is where everyone starts, whether you are new to the backcountry or a seasoned sledder, backcountry skier, or snowboarder this course is for you. It is designed to teach backcountry enthusiasts basic avalanche safety habits, such as choosing appropriate terrain for the given conditions, resources to support developing a trip plan, recognizing avalanche terrain, and companion rescue. Classroom sessions are delivered in the Crowsnest Pass unless otherwise stated and field days will be in the Crowsnest or Castle regions.

Current courses:

AST 1 Ski – Classroom November 28 – Field December 12

AST 1 Sled – January 8 – 9, 2022 Crowsnest Pass

AST 1 Ski – January 15 – 16, 2022 Castle Mountain Resort (Restrictions Exemption Program in effect for Classroom)

AST 1 Ski – January 29 – 30, 2022 Castle Mountain Resort (Restrictions Exemption Program in effect for Classroom)

AST 1 Ski – February 12 – 13, 2022 Castle Mountain Resort (Restrictions Exemption Program in effect for Classroom)

If the scheduled dates don’t work out for you and you have a group of 5 -7 contact us and we will work together to organize.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST2)
You have taken your AST 1, you have experience in the backcountry, and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry—this is a course for you.
An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1 and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for traveling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field.

No planned dates, please contact if interested.

The series approach

The best way to build confidence for your mountain experiences is through knowledge. Terrain is a provider of the Avalanche Canada Avalanche Skills Training Programs. We offer courses for all travel options: Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Ski, and Snowboard touring. Terrain also provides avalanche skills training courses in an industrial setting for workers that travel in avalanche terrain.

All of our hiking and backpacking experiences include tips and tricks while we are on the trails, but if you are looking to expand your backcountry knowledge try one of our focused programs. Introduction to Backpacking, Bear Awareness Training, and Navigation using digital tools are a few of Terrain’s learning opportunities to build your confidence to explore #your_terrain and #coversomeground!

Not ready to commit to the full series? No problem, each date can be signed up for individually.

Wellness Series

We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight warming our skin, the fresh, clean air – these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease stress and worry, help us relax, and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us. Join us weekly as we meander through the forest surrounding the Crowsnest Pass and follow up our hike with a short yoga session.

Mountain Strong Series

We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight warming our skin, the fresh, clean air – these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease stress and worry, help us relax, and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us. Join us weekly as we meander through the forest surrounding the Crowsnest Pass and follow up our hike with a short yoga session.

Summit Series

The Classic’s – through this series we will climb the classic summits of the Crowsnest Pass. Turtle Mountain, Sentry, and Crowsnest Mountain. Join us this summer and knock these classic summits off your bucket list.

Snowshoe Adventures

The Canadian winters can be long, so learning how to get outside and enjoy yourself during the snowy months is important. Keeping your fitness up to get back to hiking in the summer is another side effect of staying active in the winter. These adventures use local trails that will bring you to some of the best views of the Crowsnest Pass. Enjoy one of our stunning and peaceful winter excursions.