Booking for : Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 – Ski / Snowboard

Searching Availability...

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 – Ski / Snowboard


Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is your stepping stone into the backcountry. This course is a must have if you plan on ducking that rope & leaving the resort behind.



» 2 day course – 1 day in the classroom & 1 day in the backcountry
» Beginner course
» Minimum amount of training required if you are headed into the backcountry
» To register click Book Now → choose desired location → select course dates
» Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST provider

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

AST 1 will follow the curriculum provided by Avalanche Canada and will provide you with the knowledge necessary for you to 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 blue & black runs at the resort


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

*We do not have a ton of time on the field day to teach how to use equipment / how to tour. Check out our Learn to Walk Uphill Camp if you are interested in learning the need to know details when starting out!

Required equipment

» Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)
» Probe (recommended 3 meter)
» Shovel
» Helmet
» Touring equipment (touring skis / or splitboard / or snowshoes, skins, poles)
» Backpack
» Lift ticket to the resort to access Backcountry (required at certain locations, 1 ride ticket available at Big White)
» Appropriate clothing for a day in the backcountry
» Food
Courses are available at the ski hill if touring equipment is not available


$229 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 splitboard rentals out of Golden, BC!

For skis & safety equipment check out:
» Selkirk Sports & Avalanche Safety Solutions in Golden
» MEC in Kelowna
» Revelstoke Powder Rentals 


Available as an add on for Touring Camps

Women’s Specific AST 1 courses are available

Course outline

Day 1:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Classroom session
*Evening classroom sessions are from 6pm – 10 pm both nights

Day 2:
8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Field day located in the backcountry




Gift Card


Refund policy


If cancelled within 14 days of the course / camp you will not receive a refund unless your spot can be filled. If cancelled before the 14 day mark you will be charged a $35 processing fee and receive a full refund minus $35. 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.


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


Owner, Lead Instructor, Lead Coach for Sled and Touring Camps, Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 1 Avalanche Operations, CAA Active member, Avalanche Search & Rescue Advanced Skills, Intro to Weather, Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1, 90 hour Wilderness First Aid, crevasse rescue and basic glacier travel, 12 years on a snowmobile, 7 years splitboarding.


Lead instructor, forecaster, avalanche technician at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Avalanche Operations, CAA professional member, NUOEC first aid ticket and has been teaching Avalanche Skills Training for 10 years.


Jamie worked as a ski patroller at KHMR for 5 years and as a tailguide at Chatter Creek for the last 5 years. She graduated from the MAST program in Fernie in 2010 and her credentials are as follows: CAA Level 1, Advanced Weather, AVSAR, CAA level 2 mod 1 and 2 and am an EMR. She is super stoked to be joining the Stay Wild Crew and look forward to getting out in the mountains with all of you.


She has been skiing since she was 4 years old and immigrated to Canada in 2015. Since then she has been working in the ski resort industry in multiple positions such as ski instructor, Nordic instructor and snowshoe guide. Currently she works as a ski patroller at Big White Resort. Janja completed her CAA Level 1 and has been working with the avalanche safety industry where she hopes to advance further.

Additional Info

  • Duration : 2 days
  • Price : $229 / per person
  • Location : Golden, Fernie, Revelstoke, Kelowna. Other locations upon request.


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

+1 250 290-0065

You might also like...


1-2 days - $Variable

Private Sled Camp

Book Now
youth avy say camp

12 pm - 3 pm - $40

Youth Avy Savy Camp

Book Now
avalanche snow pit digging

1 day - $189 / per person

Companion Rescue

Book Now