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AST 1 • Refresher •


Refresh & take your skills to the next level this season with our AST 1 refresher course.


If you already completed your AST 1 and are in search of a yearly refresh + a deeper dive into rescue techniques, theory and travel than look no further.


Lets face it, it’s a bit of a brain overload when you take your AST 1. You are introduced to several concepts, techniques and skills that take time to master. This course will help refresh, solidify and advance your learned skills from the AST 1.


Join us for a day of learning in the backcountry with a crew of like minded people.


Read below for all the need to know details.


To register for our AST 1 Refresher course select the BOOK NOW button below to select a location and date


Private courses are available & all the rage this season.

Please contact us for availability.

For every course registration a tree gets planted

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered up with the Blue Green Planet Project for this upcoming season.

We have commited to planting a tree for every course registration we receive!

To learn more follow this link to a write up we did on the Blue Green Planet Project.


» 1-day course located in the backcountry

» You will also get access to our online AST 1 course

» Expect a refresh as well as more advanced skills/topics than the AST 1

» We will work together with the group & focus on topics you want to cover

» Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada-certified AST provider

Online learning

When you register for your AST 1 Refresher Course, you will get access to our online AST 1 course! You can complete this in the comfort of your own home at any time prior to the field day.


The online course takes 6-8 hours to complete and can be broken up over several days. You will gain access as soon as you register until 1 year after you complete the field day.


What we will cover

» Refresh on avalanche formation & release

» Practice identifying avalanche terrain

» Trip planning

» Avalanche Forecast

» Human factors & tools to mitigate them

» Tools & resources to mitigate avalanche risk

» Safe travel techniques & route finding

» Companion rescue including multiple burials

» Practice using transceiver, probe & shovel

»Practice digging a snow pit, performing a compression test & Extended Column Test

Course Prerequisites

» Completed your AST 1

» Comfortable skiing or snowboarding on black runs at the resort for our ski courses

» Mechanically sounds sled for our sled based courses

» Physically fit

Required equipment

» Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)

» Probe (recommended 3 meter)

» Shovel

» Helmet

» Touring equipment; touring skis / or splitboard / or snowshoes & snowboard (No snow shoes at our Revelstoke location), skins, poles

» Mechanically sound sled for snowmobile base course

» Backpack

» Lift ticket to the resort to access Backcountry (required at Fernie, Kicking Horse & Big White)
Discounted passes available

» Appropriate clothing for a day in the backcountry

» Food


Backcountry Gear Guide

Purchasing gear? Check out some of our favourite backcountry gear and avalanche safety equipment!

AST 1 Refresher Cost

Ski / Snowboard
$189 per person + GST

$205 per person +GST

Does NOT include a lift ticket for the field day.

Private Group Pricing:

Ski / Snowboard
$954 + GST up to 4 people
$1200 + GST up to 6 people
$1512 + GST up to 8 people

$1025 + GST up to 5 people
$1640 + GST up to 8 people

Equipment rentals

» We offer transceiver, probe, shovel & backpack rentals out of Golden, Kimberley & Big White!

For touring skis, splitboards & safety equipment check out:

» Selkirk Sports (receive 10% off when you mention us!) & Avalanche Safety Solutions in Golden

» Mountain Lifestyle in Kelowna

» Revelstoke Powder Rentals

Women’s Specific AST 1 Refresher courses available

Stay Wild offers exclusive women’s-only avalanche training classes in addition to our co-ed course. As a female-led company, our instructors have been the only gal in the shred crew or avy safety course way too often. While we love the men that come out for our co-ed camps & our two lovely token instructors, there’s something magical about like-minded ladies learning together and having a killer day on the mountain.

When booking you will see the option / dates for our women’s specific courses.

Avalanche Training Course Outline


When you register for the AST 1 Refresher you will gain access to our online Backcountry Refresher Course (we did our best to keep it spicy & throw some jokes in there to keep you going).


The online course takes 6-8 hours. Learn at your own pace & complete lessons when you have spare time.


The online course can be completed anywhere at any time before the field day! Some students prefer to go through it right away and then skim through it for a refresh before the start of their course.

Field day:

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

You will be emailed location details

AST 1 refresher field days are available in Golden, Revelstoke, Fernie, Kimberly and Big White.

Please read our waiver before booking your course

Refund policy

Online courses are non-refundable.

14+ days before the start of your AST 1

If you cancel your AST 1 course you will receive a refund of 50% if cancelled 14+ days before the start date of your course & have continued access to the online course. If you do sign up again in the future you will only be charged for the field day.

0 – 14 days before the start of your AST 1

If cancelled within 14 days of the start date of your course you will not receive a refund unless your spot can be filled.

Please note that if the minimum number of people to run a course is not met the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

Covid policy

If you are sick with Covid 19 & can not make it to your scheduled course you will receive a credit to use at a later date with Stay Wild Backcountry Skills. We will work together with you to find a date that works when you are feeling better.

You will be required to provide a positive covid test result to receive a credit.


Please follow the latest CDC / provincial guidelines regarding covid.

Why book with us?

  • Small group sizes
  • Flexible location choices
  • Ladies only groups available
  • Avalanche Canada certified instructors
  • Local knowledge
  • Welcoming & supportive learning environment

Additional Info

  • Duration : 1 day
  • Price : $189 - 205 / per person
  • Location : Golden, Fernie, Revelstoke, Kelowna, Kimberley, Cranbrook or wherever you want us to be!


If you have questions or need more information, we're here to help!

+1 250 290-0065

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