AST 1 | Full Course – $349 | Class or Field Only – $175

Class Session + Field Day = AST 1. Avalanche Skills Training level 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 2 parts.  A class session which is normally delivered over Friday and Saturday evenings (3-4 hrs each night), or a full day Saturday in class (7 hrs), followed by a field day on Sunday in the mountains.


Private courses available any time in Golden, BC with a group of 6 or more.  Contact us

If you have taken an AST 1 class session with any AST provider, you can complete the AST 1 course by signing up for our AST 1 Field Day


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.
  • Have a good time!
Itinerary - Class Session

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 and is split over 2 evenings or done all at once depending on course date and location.  See booking calendar for more details.

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

Itinerary - Field Day

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 Notes Book Online
Sled AST 1 - Field Day Nov 28, 2020 to Mar 14, 2021 08:00 Golden, BC $175 Available EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY from Late November to Mid March. Click BOOK NOW to choose your date. Field days are held at Quartz Creek in Golden, BC. BOOK NOW
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