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 zero training and little mountain 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:
  • Understand 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 per 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.


  • Ryan Johannesen (CAA Active Member, Operations Level Two, First Aid, sled guide)
  • Travis Johnson (CAA Operations Level One & Active member,  many years backcountry sledding)
  • 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 trailheads and classroom.

Trail Pass ($25.00 on average)

  • Trail Passes are required at the snowmobiling zones. They can be purchased at the trailhead. Cash only! The money funds the amazing trail conditions the Snowmobile Trail Societies and Clubs provide.

Our Location

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

Food & Accommodation

  • You are required to bring lunch day two, as well as snacks and water for both days.  We will break for lunch on day 1 so you can grab something if it is nearby.
  • You will need to book your own hotel.  For courses in Golden, BC we recommend the Ramada Hotel as we hold our classroom sessions there.

More Information

  • For more information call 250 344-0399 or email:
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