Ski & Snowboard AST 1 – $259

Are you wanting to start touring in the backcountry or slackcountry? The AST 1 course will give you the basic knowledge and skills required for safe backcountry travel.  You will be able to build experience from a solid base of knowledge and skills learned on this course.

Our Ski and Split board AST 1 courses are offered at Big White, Golden, Canmore/Kananaskis and Rogers Pass.

New for 2020/21 our AST 1 classroom portion of the course will be held online in a Zoom style setting, spread over 2 evenings.  We will offer a few different class date options and several AST 1 field day options.  Big White near Kelowna, BC and Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC will be where the majority of our Ski/Board AST 1 field days will be held.

The AST 1 Course – Avalanche Skills Training level 1

  • The AST 1 is made up of 2 parts.  Class Session and Field Day.  You must sign up for both and take the class before you can take the field day.
  • The Class Session is online learning from home.
  • The Field Day is hands on learning in the mountains.
  • You will receive a text book, Avaluator package, companion rescue card and a waiver to sign at the start of your Field Day.
  • Required gear for field day.  Transceiver, probe, shovel in a back pack.   Appropriate ski touring or split boarding equipment. Lunch/water and clothing for a full day outside.
  • We will be touring and riding to get around the mountain, so please be sure you know how to use your touring gear.
  • Covid-19.   Class is held online and during our field day we will practice physical distancing and/or wear face coverings.

Questions?  Please email Travis@hangfiretraining.com

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  • If you are looking to book your AST 1 field day date but the nearest class session has already passed, contact Travis.  We can make it work.  Travis@hangfiretraining.com *
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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.

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Questions?  Please email Travis@hangfiretraining.com

Itinerary - Class Session
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AST 1 Class Session Itinerary

New for 2020, your AST 1 class will be online, held over 2 evenings via ZOOM or other online platform.

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 total, spread over 2 evenings.  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Pacific Time (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Mountain Time)

Online Class dates: December 9/10, December 29/30, January 6/7, February 2/3.

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Itinerary - Field Day
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AST 1 Field Day Itinerary

The field day instruction includes:

  • Pre Trip Planning.  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.

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Course Calendar

Discipline Course Date Time Location Price Notes Book Online
Ski / Board AST 1 Dec 19, 2020 to Feb 8, 2021 08:30 BIG WHITE, BC $259 Click BOOK NOW and choose your field day date for BIG WHITE.
Your options are: Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8

You will then be prompted to choose your online evening class dates: February 2/3.
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Ski / Board AST 1 Feb 13 to 14, 2021 08:30 KICKING HORSE MTN RESORT, BC $259 Click BOOK NOW and choose your field day date for KICKING HORSE.
Your options are: Feb 13 or Feb 14

You will then be prompted to choose your online evening class dates: Feb 2/3
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