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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: 16 & up

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

AST Level 1
Per Person (traditional 2-day course)
CA$275
On-line Class
CA$99
Field Day
CA$175
AST Level 2
Per person (traditional 4-day course)
CA$675
On-line Class
CA$99
Field Day
CA$175

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 (or we offer remote learning) 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

This is an unprecedented season in a lot of ways. The main variable is Covid 19 and the associated precautions and restrictions. We are committed to providing this training in a safe and effective style. We are operating under interim guidelines that adhere to best practices and appreciate your flexibility as we work through this challenge.

On a positive note, this challenge has created some new opportunities for AST students. Avalanche Canada has been progressive in creating new on-line content and reviewing their requirements for certification. We are happy to offer students a number of options for completing their training – all new for 2021.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

This certification course uses the curriculum, instructional materials and student handbooks provided by Avalanche Canada. 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 Avalanche Canada 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.

The AST 1 courses have specific requirements outlined by Avalanche Canada: 7 hours class + 1 field day.

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 2020 – 2021 Schedule:

For the November and December courses we will continue to offer a traditional classroom session for a maximum of 10 people, but we are also offering some new options to complete your training and certification. 

Option 1:  Sign up for the traditional 2 day AST1 course – 1 day in the classroom in Jasper, followed by 1 day in the field.  We are limiting our classroom size to 10 people (as opposed to the previous 16). For the first 2 courses we are looking into a  live broadcast of the classroom portion for those wishing to attend remotely. 

Option 2Remote learning. Complete the classroom portion through a series of readings, exercises, and quizzes.  Sign up for an available field day with other AST students who have completed the classroom portion remotely. Meet your instructor and group via Zoom prior to the field day to review material, ask questions, and complete a trip planning exercise (2 hours).

Option 3:  Private field day. Complete the theory (classroom) portion remotely, schedule a private video call with your instructor, and book a private field day to complete the required curriculum. Call our office to book.

 

AST 1 Schedule 2020-21:

Classroom:

  • November 28  – sold out
  • December 5 – sold out
  • January 9
  • January 25

Field Days:

  • November 29, 30, 2020
  • December 6, 7, 2020
  • January 10, 11, 26, 27 2021
  • February 10, 11, 28, 2021
  • March 1, 14, 15, 25, 26, 2021

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.

The AST 2 courses have specific requirements outlined by Avalanche Canada: 9 hours class + 3 field days.

Contact our office for more information. The rate starts at $675.

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.