course information

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course will provide entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available.  It is suitable for use by people with basic training and little experience.

In addition, the course will:

  • Provide the prerequisite knowledge required for further avalanche training.
  • Introduce and promote the Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course as the logical next step for gaining intermediate-level decision-making skills.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Undertsand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluator as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposer Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources of obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Group Size

  • Minimum 8 people required to run course
  • Maximum student / instructor ratio is 8:1


  • We can take youth and even children on our AST 1 courses as long as they are accompanied by an adult.  Inquire for more information.


  • Travis Johnson (CAA Operations Level One, many years of backcountry experience)
  • Ryan Johannesen (CAA Active Member, Operations Level Two, First Aid, 15+ years backcountry experience)
  • Aaron Bernasconi (CAA Operations Level One, OEC first aid, 12+ years backcountry experience)
  • Pat Garbutt (CAA Operations Level One, sled guide, photographer)
  • Guest Instructors (all instructors will have a minimum of a CAA Operations Level One, extensive snowmobile experience, first aid training.


  • You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the field location and classroom.

Lift Tickets or Park Pass

  • If our field day location is at a ski resort or park that requires a pass you are responsible for this cost.

Our Location

  • Hangfire Avalanche Training provides courses all over BC, AB and SK. We are based in Golden, British Columbia.

Food & Accommodation

  • We will break for lunch on day 1 in which you can go grab a bite.  On the field day you will need to bring a lunch/snacks/water for a day in the mountains.
  • You are responsible for accommodations while on course.  We recommend the Ramada Hotel if the course is in Golden as we hold the classroom session there.

More Information

  • For more information call 250 939-8888 or email:
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