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Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 – Sled


As we head into another shred season amid a pandemic, we’ve been putting our minds to what riding will look like this winter.

The more we think about it, the more we see the backcountry as the best way to keep our sanity this year.

Stay Wild is pleased to offer new ways to learn with us this winter that will keep you safe from avalanches,  virus’, murder hornets, and whatever else 2020 might send our way.

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

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

AST 1 is the foundational training for getting out into the backcountry safely & confidently.


» 2 day course – 7 hours of online learning + evening session with instructor (either face to face or zoom, virus dependant) + 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 desired date


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 & 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!



Required equipment

» Sled (mechanically sound)

» Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)

» Probe (recommended 3 meter)

» Shovel

» Backpack

» Helmet

» Food

» Warm clothing

» Trail pass


$329 + GST per person

Does not include trail fees

Private Group Pricing:

$1320 + GST up to 4 people
$1975 + GST up to 6 people
$2635 + GST up to 8 people

Women’s Specific AST 1 courses are available

Stay Wild offers exclusive women’s-only 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, 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

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 sections when you have spare time.

We will have either a face to face meeting or zoom (covid dependent) the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key factors.

Field day:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Socially distant in the backcountry


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Refund policy

Online courses are non-refundable. 

If you cancel the AST 1 course you will receive a refund of 50% if cancelled before the 14 day cut off. If you do sign up again in the future you will only be charged for the field day.

If cancelled within 14 days of the booking date 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.

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 Sled 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


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 10 years.

Additional Info

  • Duration : 2 days
  • Price : $329 / per person
  • Location : Golden, BC. Others available upon request.


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

+1 250 290-0065

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