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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Objectives
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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.  6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Pacific Time.

Online Class dates: December 9/10, December 29/30, January 6/7, January 20/21.

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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 12, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021 08:30 KICKING HORSE MTN RESORT, BC $259 Click BOOK NOW and choose your field day date for KICKING HORSE.
Your options are: Dec 12, Dec 13, Jan 9, Jan 10

You will then be prompted to choose your online evening class dates: December 9/10, December 29/30, January 6/7 or January 20/21
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Ski / Board AST 1 Dec 19, 2020 to Jan 25, 2021 08:30 BIG WHITE, BC $259 Click BOOK NOW and choose your field day date for BIG WHITE.
Your options are: Dec 19, Dec 20, Dec 21, Jan 2, Jan 3, Jan 4, Jan 16, Jan 17, Jan 18, Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 25

You will then be prompted to choose your online evening class dates: December 9/10, December 29/30, January 6/7 or January 20/21
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