Avalanche Skills Training

Choose from beginner and advanced courses

At A Glance

Clock Duration: 2 days (AST 1) and 4 days (AST 2)

Star Outline Fitness Level: Moderate (be able to hike for 6 hours)

Ski Experience: Must be able to traverse on skis or split-board

User Age: 8 & up

Check Bubble Prerequisite: Must have AST1 certification to advance to AST2 

Train in Avalanche Safety Skills

The focus of our Avalanche Skills Training (AST) program is on preparing people to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain and understand the risk in which they are engaging.

  • For AST 1, we spend one day in the classroom and one day in the field. This is a great introduction or a great refresher at the start of the season
  • AST 2 is all about putting your skills, experience and AST 1 training to the test out in the field

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

This certification course uses the curriculum, instructional materials and student handbooks provided by the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC). It is a great way to gain a foundation in avalanche awareness and safety. The national course standards, the course content, and materials are developed by the CAC and delivered by top-notch instructors with years of practical field experience. You should be in reasonable fitness shape, which is defined as the ability to climb a ladder, go for a short run or hike, and/or play a game of soccer.

We believe in offering this course in a positive learning environment and are committed to passing on the important messages that increase your safety in the mountains.

No pre-requisites except:

  • Reasonable fitness (ability to go for a 6-hour hike)
  • An interest in backcountry travel
  • The ability to travel in a winter environment on skis or split-board

Winter 2018 – 2019 Schedule

  • November 29 – 30, 2018
  • December 15 – 16, 2018
  • January 19 – 20, 2019
  • February 13 – 14, 2019

All AST 1 courses are in Jasper, AB.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

Bring your experience to the table and learn in the mountains with fellow adventurers.

The focus of this four-day trip is on applying the basics learned in AST 1 and using them in a decision-making role.

Winter 2018 – 2019 Schedule

  • January 10 -13, 2019 (Jasper, AB)
  • February 21 – 24, 2019 (McBride, BC)

Personal avalanche safety equipment and travel equipment (alpine touring skis, boots and poles) are not provided. If you need to rent these items, please contact Gravity Gear in Jasper, AB.