Booking for : Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 – AST 2 – Sled

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 – AST 2 – Sled


    Take your training to the next level with our AST 2.


    Join us to learn in depth about trip planning, route finding, decision making and more. The AST 2 sets you up with the knowledge & skills to make decisions & work together as a team in the backcountry.


    Have you taken your Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) and spent some time in the backcountry?


    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 is your next step!

    We are currently taking private group bookings. Grab you crew and give us a shout to set up dates!


    » 4 day AST 2 course

    » 9 hrs of classroom theory: blended delivery between a custom online course & zoom meeting up the evening before the 1st field day

    » 3 days in the backcountry

    » Taught by an Canadian Avalanche Association Professional

    » To book click book now & send in a request for the desired course dates your group is interested in

    » Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST Provider

    What you will learn

    » Safe travel techniques

    » Progressive planning – google earth, map & compass skills

    » Terrain analysis, management & verification

    » How to access & use danger ratings on a local scale

    » Advanced companion rescue skills & scenarios

    » Hazard rating verification

    » Route planning & risk mitigation

    » How to dig a pit & perform a variety of stability tests

    And much much more! This AST 2 course is jam packed with the info you need to stay safe sledding in the backcountry!


    » Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1)

    » Strong rider skills, proficient on your sled

    » It is recommended to spend one season in the backcountry following your AST 1 before taking your AST 2 course

    Required equipment

    » Clothing appropriate for sledding and standing in cold/snowy weather

    » Helmet

    » Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen, moleskin, Band-Aids, medication, etc.)

    » Transceiver – 3 antenna

    » Probe – 3 meter

    » Shovel

    » Pack (large enough for all equipment on day tours)

    » Mechanically sound sled

    » Spare belt

    » Tools & toe rope

    Need some tips on which gear to get? Check out our backcountry gear guide. This is the stuff we love!

    Will receive these items in the classroom:

    » Companion rescue card

    » Avaluator

    » Decision making field book

    » Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

    Map, compass, snow saw, snow study kit would all be beneficial for the AST 2 course, but are not necessary.


    $689 per person + GST

    Private Group Pricing:

    $2760 + GST up to 4 people
    $4135 + GST up to 6 people
    $5520 + GST up to 8 people

    Does not include trail fees

    Course outline

    Day 1:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Classroom session.

    Currently working on a blended delivery involving our custom online course & an online evening meet up.

    Day 2:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Companion rescue refresher & advanced skills
    Location: backcountry

    Day 3:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Decision making, terrain verification, stability tests while traveling ect
    Location: backcountry

    Day 4:

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Planned & lead by the class
    Location: backcountry

    Can split the AST 2 course into two weekends! 

    Please read our waiver prior to booking your course

    Refund policy

    Online courses are non refundable.

    The online portion of this course is $95 which is non refundable.

    14+ days before the start date of your AST 2

    You will receive a full refund minus $95 for the online course + $35 admin fee.

    0-14 days before the start of your AST 2

    If cancelled within 14 days of the start 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.

    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.

    Please follow the latest CDC / provincial guidelines regarding covid.

    Why book with us?

    • Small group sizes
    • Flexible location choices
    • Avalanche Canada certified instructors
    • Local knowledge
    • AST 2 Certificate
    • Welcoming & Comfortable learning environment

    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, Avalanche Canada AST Instructor and has been teaching Avalanche Skills Training for 10 years.

    Additional Info

    • Duration : 4 days
    • Price : $689 / per person
    • Location : Golden, BC or other locations upon request


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

    +1 250 290-0065

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