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    Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 – AST 1 – Ski / Snowboard


    Are you looking to get away from the bustle of resorts and into the calm of the mountains (anyone else finding that nature is just about the only thing keeping them grounded right now?)


    The AST 1 if your first step to exploring the beautiful badass mountains that surround us. 


    The AST 1 will set you up with the knowledge & skill set to start adventuring beyond the resort.


    We’re stoked to offer the in-class portion of our Avalanche Skills Training level 1 (AST 1) as an online course!


    We’re excited about this development because it means you can take the in-class portion of the AST 1 course from the comfort of your home and join us for a field day whenever it works best for you!


    Not ready to sign up for an AST 1 field day or live far away but still want to learn?
    No problem, you can register for just the online course & get your avalanche education started today! 



    » 2 day course – 7 hours of online learning + evening session with instructor (via zoom) + 1 day in the backcountry

    » Online course can be completed anywhere at anytime!

    » Beginner course

    » Minimum amount of training required for backcountry travel

    » To register click Book Now → choose desired location → select availability

    » Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada certified AST provider


    Full Course - Online + field session


    To register for your full AST 1 select the BOOK NOW button below to select a location & date

    or view our course schedule

    → Select location → click availability → select date from calendar → book now





    Private AST 1’s are available & all the rage this season.

    Please contact us for availability.


    Online only


    Online learning


    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.

    What you will learn


    » 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!

    Course Prerequisites


    » Comfortable skiing or snowboarding on black runs at the resort

    » Physically fit

    Helpful but not required


    » 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

    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)

    » Backpack

    » 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

    » Food


    » Mask

    Gear Guide


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


    AST 1 Cost


    $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

    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

    » 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.

    Field day:

    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    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. 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.

    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.

    Why book with us?

    • Small group sizes
    • Flexible location choices
    • Ladies only groups available
    • Avalanche Canada certified instructors
    • Local knowledge
    • AST 1 Certificate
    • Available as add on to Touring Camps!
    • Welcoming & Comfortable learning environment

    Additional Info

    • Duration : 2 days
    • Price : $234 / 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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