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

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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. 

Need to know details:

  • 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, scroll down to desired location, select course dates

What you will learn:

  • Avalanche formation & release
  • How to identify avalanche terrain
  • Basic trip planning
  • 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

The classroom session can be split into two evenings allowing you to shred during the day!

AST 1 will follow the curriculum provided by Avalanche Canada and will provide you with the knowledge necessary for you to further your education either 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 & some 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 at the golf course to get the feel for your equipment
  •  Snowboarders: practice turning your snowboard into two planks & one, practice putting skins on, go for a stroll at the golf course 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!

Necessary equipment:

  • Transceiver
  • Probe
  • Shovel
  • Touring equipment (touring skis / or splitboard, skins, poles)
  • Backpack
  • Lift ticket to the resort to access Backcountry (excluding Revelstoke)
  • Appropriate clothing for a day in the backcountry
  • Food
  • Helmet
  • 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.

$385 + GST per person with Learn To Walk Uphill add on

Looking for equipment rentals? 

Check out Selkirk Sports & Avalanche Safety Solutions

Private Group Pricing:

$950 + GST up to 4 people
$1435 + GST up to 6 people
$1900 + GST up to 8 people

*Available as an add on for Touring Camps

Women’s Specific AST 1 courses are available

Check out our schedule for upcoming courses!

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

Refund Policy: If cancelled within 14 days of the course / camp you will receive 50% of your money back. 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

Brittney Dickson

Owner, Lead Instructor, Lead Coach for Sled and Touring Camps, Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 1 Avalanche Operations, CAA Active member, Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1, 90 hour Wilderness First Aid, crevasse rescue and basic glacier travel, 10 years on a snowmobile, 5 years splitboarding.

Alex Giesbrecht

Lead instructor, 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 8 years.

Jamie VanDrunen

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.

Additional Info

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


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