AST 1+

Types: Avalanche Safety, Winter

AST 1+

This is a hands-on avalanche awareness training course featuring practical field experience augmented with a half day of self-directed classroom theory. Our AST 1+ course is designed to provide you a solid grounding in the essentials of avalanche safety while introducing you to the amazing backcountry ski areas around the Sea to Sky.

Next Course:
Leaving Dec 4 2021 from $319.00

AST 1+

Backcountry skiing, splitboarding and snowshoeing are exciting sports but without proper knowledge, enthusiasts often take unnecessary risks. Educate yourself with an investment in our AST 1+ Avalanche Skills Training Course! Proper training will make your winter travels in avalanche terrain safer and more enjoyable. Our avalanche safety instructors are  members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and Guides. Their extensive personal experience in winter guiding, avalanche operations and forecasting will add an extra dimension of interest to your training. Even better, we will spend 2 full days in the field instead of the much more common single day. This will allow you more time to learn and get confident traveling around in avalanche terrain.

This AST 1 course is based out of the Squamish and Whistler areas, north of Vancouver. After you have completed the online learning at home we will do a brief classroom session on the first day before heading out into the backcountry for some hands-on learning. The exact location of the field day will be based on current conditions and weather but we often head into one of the common backcountry ski areas around the Sea to Sky such as Shannon Creek, Metal Dome, Callaghan, Duffy, etc.

Upcoming Courses:

Dec 4 to 5 2021

2.5 Days
Group Size8
  • Per Person: $319.00

Dec 18 to 19 2021

2.5 Days
Group Size8
  • Per Person: $319.00

Jan 8 to 9 2022

2.5 Days
Group Size8
  • Per Person: $319.00

Course Notes:

Custom courses available upon request.

Fine Print:

  • A $100 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.

Day 0.5 – Classroom Day:

  • You will be provided with a log-in and password for an online learning course that covers all of the classroom related materials.

Day 1 & 2 – Field Days:

  • 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
  • 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
  • 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for pm debrief
AST 1+
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  • Learn to make that go, no-go decision on a ski line
  • Uptracking in avalanche terrain
  • Reading & understanding the avalanche hazard forecast
Types Avalanche Safety, Winter
Season December to February
Next Course Dec 4 2021
Prices From $319.00

What's Included

  • Avalanche Canada Instructor & ACMG Certified Ski Guide
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book
  • Avaluator Booklet
  • Companion Rescue Field Card
  • AST 1 Certificate upon Successful Completion

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from meeting points.
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
  • Meals


  • Sunglasses & Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle (1L min)
  • Lunch
  • 35-40L pack
  • Toilet paper (or WAG bag)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Field Book & Avaluator (provided)


  • Wool or Synthetic Socks
  • Non-Cotton Base Layer
  • Thin Jacket
  • Puffy Jacket
  • Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Ski Pant w. Vents
  • Toque (Beanie)
  • Brimmed Hat
  • Face Warmer
  • Light Gloves & Insulated Gloves


  • Transceiver, Probe & Shovel
  • Split-board or skis & skins
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Poles
  • Helmet
  • Ski Strap

Backcountry touring kits with Transceiver, Probe, Shovel & Pack are available for rent upon request.

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Squamish Hostel
Backcountry Touring Day
Avalanche Equipment Rental