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    Avalanche Training • AST 1 • Sled


    Are you looking to explore some beautiful badass mountains on your snow pony?


    Whether you plan to get the best of both worlds by sled skiing / boarding or are leaving the two planks at home, the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is a must have for both new riders & seasoned vets.


    The AST 1 Sled course will set you up with the knowledge & skill set to start exploring the mountains on your sled.

    We’re stoked to offer the in-class portion of our AST 1 Sled as an online course!


    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 a field day whenever it works best for you!


    Not ready to commit to the field day yet? Or maybe you live far away but still want to learn.

    No problem!

    You can sign up for the online AST 1 Sled theory course to start your backcountry education today & join us for a field day down the road when the time is right.


    AST 1 Sled

    » 2-day course – 7 hours of online learning + an evening session with your instructor (via Google Meet) + 1 day in the backcountry

    » Online course can be completed anywhere at any time before your field day!

    » You will have access to the online course for 1 year from the time of purchase

    » Beginner course

    » Minimum amount of training required if you are headed into the backcountry

    » Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST provider


    Check out our post on what to expect during your AST 1.


    Full AST 1 Sled course - Online + Field day

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

    or view our course schedule

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


    Field days are available in Golden, BC and other areas upon request.


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

    Please contact us for availability.


    AST 1 Sled Online Only

    Online learning

    AST 1 Sled

    When you register you will get access to our online course!

    You can complete this in the comfort of your own home. We will meet up via Google Meet the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key points.


    » You will have access to the online course for 1 year from the time of purchase

    For every course registration a tree gets planted

    We are very excited to announce that we have partnered up with the Blue Green Planet Project for this upcoming season.

    We have commited to planting a tree for every course registration we receive!

    To learn more follow this link to a write up we did about the Blue Green Planet Project.

    What you will learn

    AST 1 Sled Course

    » 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

    Our 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 RescueAST 2 or CAA Level 1 Avalanche Operations.

    Check out our Shreducation Flow Chart to see where your training can take you!


    » Comfortable riding your sled on a groomed trail


    AST 1 Sled Online Course Support

    » You will be invited to our private Facebook group where you can post questions, tell stories & meet other like-minded people!

    » We are always happy to answer questions or clarify concepts through email or a phone call

    »We will meet the evening before the field day via Google Meet to drive home key points & answer questions


    » You can follow this link to view solutions to common roadblocks

    Required gear

    » Sled (mechanically sound)

    » Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)

    » Probe (recommended 3 meter)

    » Shovel

    » Backpack

    » Helmet

    » Food

    » Warm clothing

    » Trail pass

    Backcountry Gear guide

    Purchasing gear? Check out some of our favourite backcountry gear!


    $359 + GST per person

    Does not include trail fees

    Private Group Pricing:

    $1525 + GST up to 4 people
    $2220 + GST up to 6 people
    $2870 + GST up to 8 people


    Please contact us to book a private course.

    Avalanche Safety Rentals

    » We offer transceiver, probe, shovel & backpack rentals

    You can add on a rental at the checkout for $40

    Women's Specific AST 1 courses

    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 gal 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.

    Theory / Classroom

    AST 1 Sled

    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 takes 7 hours! We are not exaggerating. Learn at your own pace & complete lessons when you have spare time.

    We will have a Google Meet session the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key concepts.

    The online course can be completed anywhere at any time! Some students prefer to go through it right away and then skim through it for a refresh before the start of their course.

    Field day

    Field days available in Golden, BC + other locations upon request.

    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    You will be emailed details on location & logistics regarding the field day.

    Please read our waiver prior to 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 & have continued access to the online 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.


    You will be required to provide a positive covid test result to receive a credit.


    Please follow the latest CDC / provincial guidelines regarding covid.

    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

    Additional Info

    • Duration : 2 days
    • Price : $359 / per person
    • Location : Golden, Kimberley, Cranbrook or where ever 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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