AST 1 - 2 Day Course ($349)

The Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Level 1 Course will provide an 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.  Our snowmobile AST 1 course is sledder specific!

This information is for AST 1 courses taken over 1 weekend in the mountains. Start time of AST 1 class sessions in the Fall may be in the evening.  You can see the start times on our Dates page.

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:

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluatorâ„¢ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure 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 for 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.

AST 1: Day 1



Be ready at 9:00 to start our classroom session.

The classrooom session features video and a powerpoint presentation where you will learn about:

  • avalanche types & formation
  • terrain negotiation
  • terrain traps
  • Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • route finding
  • information gathering


  • terrain ratings
  • using the Avaluator
  • trip planning
  • introduction to transceiver training
  • safe riding habits
  • introduction to companion rescue

Open discussion

5:00pm End of day one.


AST 1: Day 2

8:30am Meet at field location parking lot.

The field session features hands on training including:

  • trailhead procedures
  • terrain features
  • using the Avaluator
  • route finding
  • safe group travel
  • transceiver, probe & shovel training
  • snow profile & stability tests
  • companion rescue scenarios
5:00pm End of day two.  Wrap up, debrief, certificate exchange. 


You also receive a Hangfire Avalanche Training AST level 1 certificate acknowledging you have completed your avalanche skills training.

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