AST 1 – Full Course – $349

AST 1. The entry level standard for anyone sledding in the backcountry. Many people will not ride with someone unless they have taken this course, and maybe that’s a good thing. Regardless of your reason, we’re happy that you’ve decided to get some avalanche training so you can be an asset instead of a liability in the mountains. This course is for those who have no prior avalanche training, or want a refresher.

The snowmobile AST 1 course is broken down into two parts. A class session and a field day. You can take them together over a weekend, or split them up with the class session in the fall, and a field day in the winter. It’s up to you, just make sure you take both parts of the course!

See our dates and locations below.

Objectives
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Snowmobile AST 1 Objectives

Topics and skills we will learn in the AST 1 course include:

  • Types of avalanches and persistent weak layers.
  • Identifying avalanche terrain and common trigger points.
  • Knowing the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use of the Avaluator, ATES, Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins.
  • Learn about the Mountain Information Network (M.I.N.).
  • Appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Companion Rescue.  Gear, techniques and practice.
  • Understand the limits of training.
Itinerary - Class Session
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Day 1 – AST 1 Class Session Itinerary

The AST 1 class session instruction includes:

  • Types of weak layers and avalanches.
  • Terrain features.  What to watch for.
  • Route finding, travelling through or avoiding avalanche terrain.
  • How to use the Avaluator, M.I.N, ATES and other tools.
  • Trip planning.  What websites should you read every time!
  • Safe riding habits.  A few simple tips that will greatly reduce the risk.
  • A chat about gear and rescue techniques

We will have open discussion to answer questions at any time.  The more questions, the better!

Class duration is 6-7 hours

REMEMBER! To complete the AST 1 course you must attend a field day as well.

Itinerary - Field Day
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Day 2 – AST 1 Field Day Itinerary

The field day instruction includes:

  • Trailhead procedures.  Check bulletin, weather, gear, plan and more.
  • Transceiver practice.  Single and Multiple burials.
  • Probing and shovelling hands on training.
  • Group rescue scenario discussion and timed practice.
  • Test profile.  Dig, get to know the snowpack and tests for weak layers.
  • Terrain features. Common trigger points.  Let’s point out as many as we can find!
  • Route finding.  Discussion about travelling in avalanche terrain with the avaluator.
  • Course debrief and certificates.

The field day is a full day (8 hours) spent in the mountains.

You must attend an AST 1 class session before you can take the field day.

Course Calendar

Discipline Course Date Time Location Price Book Online
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Jan 28, 2018 08:30 Golden, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Feb 3 to 4, 2018 09:30 Golden, BC $349 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Feb 4, 2018 08:30 Golden, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Feb 10 to 11, 2018 09:30 Golden, BC $349 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Feb 11, 2018 08:30 Golden, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Feb 24 to 25, 2018 09:00 Revelstoke, BC $349 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Feb 25, 2018 08:00 Revelstoke, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Mar 3 to 4, 2018 09:30 Golden, BC $349 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Mar 4, 2018 08:30 Golden, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Mar 10 to 11, 2018 09:30 Golden, BC $349 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Mar 11, 2018 08:30 Golden, BC $175 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Apr 13 to 15, 2018 Grizzly Lodge, BC $799 * BOOK NOW
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