Avalanche Training & Information

GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them. 

GET THE TRAINING: Take an avalanche course. 

GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast. 

GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath slopes is dangerous. 

GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: Don’t go to help your stuck friend. One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t group up in runout zones. 

 

Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Courses

Companion Rescue Skills Course

The Companion Rescue Skills course can be used as the first stepping stone to avalanche training and can also be used as a refresher for those who have previous training in either AST 1 or AST 2 or other avalanche training. The vital skills covered in this course are a "must have" for all backcountry recreationists, whether you ski, board, sled, hike or climb. Read full details

AST 1 Course - Basics

Course Overview

The AST 1 Course provides an entry-level decision-making framework, based on the most advanced knowledge available, for people with basic training and little experience. With over 7 hrs of classroom time required and 1 day of field training, participants will learn the basics of avalanche safety: how to identify avalanche terrain and how to plan and carry out a trip. They will also be introduced to tools such as: The Avaluator, Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES), Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins. This course also provides basic training in how to carry out a companion rescue and more. Read full details

Highlights Include

 
  • • The basics of avalanches
  • • How to plan and carry out a safe snowmobiling trip
  • • Learn to use the Avaluator, an avalanche safety tool
  • • Learn to carry out a companion rescue

AST 2 Course - Advanced

Course Overview

The AST 2 Course provides an intermediate-level decision-making framework, based on the most advanced knowledge available, for people with a moderate degree of training and experience. With over 9hrs of classroom time required and 3 days spent in field 
training, participants will learn to determine avalanche safety by using different safety tools. This course will also provide the prerequisite knowledge for any further avalanche training and more. Read full details

Highlights Include

  • • Learn the Avaluator as an advanced planning tool
  • • Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques
  • • Routefinding and travel techniques
  • • Learn to proficiently carry out a companion rescue

Find an Instructor

For more information or to find an instructor please go to www.avalanche.ca