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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 pleased to offer the in-class portion of our Avalanche Safety Training 1 certification class as an online course for the first time this year. We’re stoked about this development because it means you can take the in-class portion of AST 1 from the comfort of your home and join us for one physically-distanced field day whenever it works best for you! AST 1 is the foundational training for getting out into the backcountry safely + confidently.
After you’ve finished the online course, you can complete the AST 1 field day portion in Golden, Fernie, Kelowna, or Revelstoke. As always, field days classes are available as both co-ed + women’s only. We always run these classes in small groups and with just a few of us out in the mountains, where physical distancing is easily done.
»Available in Snowboard / Ski or Sled
»7 hour online course at your own pace
»Must complete the online course before the field day
»You can sign up for just the online course or sign up for online course + field day
»If you only sign up for the online course you can register for a field day later on
»You will receive an AST 1 certificate when you complete the online course & field day
»The online course follows the curriculum from Avalanche Canada’s AST 1 program
»We will meet the evening before the field day to answer any questions & drive home important points from the online material
»You will be invited to our private online facebook group where you can post any questions that come up along the way & meet others who are starting out in the backcountry
» Avalanche formation & release
» How to identify avalanche terrain
» Basic trip planning
» The ins & outs of the Avalanche Forecast
» Human factors & tools to mitigate them
» 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 (field day)
»None for the online course
»Comfortable skiing / snowboarding blue & black runs at the ski resort for the field day
»Completion of the online course for the field day
Full AST 1 (online course + field day)
Ski / Snowboard
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.
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.