Stay Wild got creative in 2020 & came up with new ways for you to learn with us that will keep you safe from avalanches, virus’, murder hornets, and whatever else this world might send our way.
We’re stoked to offer the in-class portion of our Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) course as an custom interactive online course. 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 a field day whenever it works best for you!
After you’ve finished the online course, you can complete the AST 1 field day portion in Golden, Fernie, Kimberley, Kelowna, or Revelstoke. As always, field days classes are available as both co-ed + women’s only.
Not ready to commit to the field day? Or maybe you live far away but still want to learn.
No problem! Get your backcountry education started by registering for just the online course.
Register » Full course » Online + field day
Full AST 1 course
AST 1 – Ski / Snowboard – Online course
AST 1 – Sled – Online course
If you only purchase the online course you will have access for 90 days from time of purchase
»Available in Snowboard / Ski or Sled
»7 hour online course at your own pace
»The online course can be completed anywhere at anytime! All you need is a computer, phone or tablet & internet / or cell service
»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 AST 1 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
» 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 manage 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)
» 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 are always happy to answer questions or clarify concepts through email or a phone call
»None for the online course
»Comfortable skiing / snowboarding black runs at the ski resort for the field day
»Completion of the online course for the field day
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Full AST 1 (online course + field day)
Ski / Snowboard
Full AST 1
Stay Wild Gift Card
Online courses are non-refundable.
14+ days before the start of your AST 1:
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 before the start of your AST 1:
If cancelled 0-14 days before 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.
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 students home 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?
- Avalanche Canada AST Providers
- Learn from the comfort of your home
- Local knowledge
- Learn at your own pace
- Engaging course to keep you interested