When you register for your Avalanche Skills Training (AST 1), you will get access to our online course! You can complete this in the comfort of your own home. We will meet up via zoom the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key points.
» Avalanche formation & release
» How to identify avalanche terrain
» Basic trip planning
» The ins & outs of the Avalanche Forecast
» Human factors & tools to mitigate them
» Tools & resources to mitigate avalanche risk
» Safe travel techniques
» Basic companion rescue
» How to use transceiver, probe & shovel
»How to dig a snow pit & perform a compression test
Stay Wild’s AST 1 course will follow the Avalanche Canadas Curriculum as well as knowledge from our own experiences & key information to get you started in the backcountry.
Following completion of the AST 1 you can further your education with Managing Avalanche Terrain, Companion Rescue, AST 2 or CAA Level 1 Avalanche Operations.
Check out our Shreducation Flow Chart to see where your training can take you!
» Comfortable skiing or snowboarding on black runs at the resort
» Physically fit
» Skiers: practice putting skins on & taking them off, practice with bindings & go for a little stroll in a flat field or around the yard to get the feel for your equipment
» Snowboarders: practice turning your snowboard into two planks & back to one, practice putting skins on, go for a stroll in a flat field or around the yard to get a feel for your board
» You will be invited to our private facebook group where you can posts questions, tell stories & meet other like minded people that are starting out in the backcountry!
»We will meet the evening before the field day via zoom to drive home key points & answer questions
» We are always happy to answer questions or clarify concepts through email or a phone call
» Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)
» Probe (recommended 3 meter)
» Touring equipment (touring skis / or splitboard / or snowshoes & snowboard (No snow shoes at our Revelstoke location), skins, poles)
» Lift ticket to the resort to access Backcountry (required at Fernie, Kicking Horse & Big White)
Discounted passes available for Big White & Kicking Horse
» Appropriate clothing for a day in the backcountry
Purchasing gear? Check out some of our favourite backcountry gear and avalanche safety equipment!
$234 per person + GST
Does NOT include lift ticket for the field day.
Private Group Pricing:
$950 + GST up to 4 people
$1435 + GST up to 6 people
$1900 + GST up to 8 people
» 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
» MEC in Kelowna
» Revelstoke Powder Rentals
Women’s Specific AST 1 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 chick 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 you will gain access to our custom online course (we did our best to keep it spicy & throw some jokes in there to keep you going).
The online course legit takes 7 hours! We are not exaggerating. Learn at your own pace & complete lessons when you have spare time.
We will have a zoom meeting the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key concepts.
The online course can be completed anywhere at anytime! Some students prefer to go through it right away and then skim through for a refresh before the start of their course.
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Please read our waiver before booking your course
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. 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.
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.
Please do not show up to a course if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to anyone with Covid 19 in the previous 2 weeks to your course. Our instructors can send home students if they show up ill & we will work together with them to reschedule a date.
Physical distancing will be maintained during courses & camps. If physical distancing can not be maintained (ie gondola) students will be required to wear a face covering (buff / face mask).
Please respect physical distancing and Covid regulations during our courses / camps.