Are you looking to explore some beautiful badass mountains on your snow pony?
The AST 1 is your first step in that direction.
The AST 1 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 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 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 theory course & start your backcountry education 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 if you are headed into the backcountry
» To register click Book Now → choose desired location → select availability
Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST provider
Full Course - Online + field session
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
Private AST 1’s are available & all the rage this season.
Please contact us for availability.
Register » AST 1 Online only
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 zoom the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key points.
What you will learn in your AST 1
» 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 Rescue, AST 2 or CAA Level 1 Avalanche Operations.
Check out our Shreducation Flow Chart to see where your training can take you!
» 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
» Sled (mechanically sound)
» Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)
» Probe (recommended 3 meter)
» Warm clothing
» Trail pass
Purchasing gear? Check out some of our favourite backcountry gear!
$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
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 either a meeting via zoom the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home key factors.
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.
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Please read our waiver prior to booking your course
Online courses are non-refundable.
14+ days before the start date 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 of your course. If you do sign up again in the future you will only be charged for the field day.
0-14 days from the start of your AST 1
If cancelled within 14 days of the start 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.
If you are sick & 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 Sled Camps!
- Welcoming & Comfortable learning environment