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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)

Forward 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
On-line Class
Field Day
AST Level 2
AST Level 2

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 offer remote learning, a video call prior to the field day 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. We offer remote learning, a video call prior to the field days and three days 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 couple 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.

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:

Option 1Remote 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 Google Meet prior to the field day to review material, ask questions, and complete a trip planning exercise (2 hours). You’ll need a Google account to access the online classroom.

Option 2:  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:

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, 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 three-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.

The rate starts at $675 (it includes the theory component, 3 field days and study materials).

AST 2 Schedule 2020 – 2021:

Field days:

February 7 – 9, 2021

AST 2 course is in Jasper, AB.

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.


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