Booking for : Avalanche Training • AST 2 • Sled

    Avalanche Training • AST 2 • Sled


    Take your training to the next level with our Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2) sled course.


    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?


    AST 2 is your next step!

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


    We are doing our best to add in some dates for this upcoming season so be sure to check back!

    Online only

    Access to the AST 2 online course. You can register for the field days at any point & pay the difference.


    AST 2 Sled

    » 4-day course

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

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

    » 3 days in the backcountry

    » Taught by a 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

    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 during the sled AST 2

    » Safe travel techniques

    » Progressive planning – google earth, fat maps, 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!
    Our AST 2 course is jam packed with the info you need to stay safe while sledding in the backcountry.


    AST 2 - Sled

    » 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 gear

    » 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

    » Downloading fat maps + having a snow study kit is beneficial but not mandatory

    Need some tips on which gear to get? Check out our backcountry gear guide to see some of our go to gear!


    You will receive these items in the classroom:

    » Companion rescue card

    » Avaluator

    » Decision making field book

    » Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain book

    AST 2 Sled Pricing

    $700 per person + GST

    Private Group Pricing:

    $3,000 + GST up to 4 people
    $4,200 + GST up to 6 people

    Does not include trail fees

    Course outline

    AST 2 Sled

    Day 1:

    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Online meetup.
    Online course must be completed before our evening online meetup.

    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

    Please read our waiver prior to booking your course

    Refund Policy

    Online courses are non-refundable.

    14+ days before the start of your AST 2

    If you cancel your AST 2 course you will receive a full refund minus the cost of the online course 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 days.

    0 – 14 days before the start of your AST 2

    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
    • 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 : $700 / 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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