AST 1 | Full Course – $349 | Online Class only $149 |  Field Day only – $200

Online 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.  An online, learn at your own pace, class session (7-8 hrs) and a hands on field day in the mountains of Golden, Revelstoke, Fernie, Valemount and more.  You need to take both parts to complete the AST 1 course.

For the AST 1 field day we will be riding.  You need a snowmobile with appropriate gear as well as a digital transceiver with a probe and shovel in a back pack.

Private courses with custom dates are available in Golden, Revelstoke and Fernie.   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

AST 1 Field Day Dates 2021/2022

Golden, BC 

November 27, 28 | December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 | January 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 | February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 | March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19

Revelstoke, BC

December 4, 5, 18, 19, 31 | January 8, 9, 15, 16 | February 12, 13

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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.
  • Have a good time!
Itinerary - Class Session
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AST 1 Online 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.
  • ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale).
  • The Avaluator – Trip Planner and Slope Evaluator.
  • 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

You can email us with questions at any time.  The class should take between 7 – 8 hours.

Take your time, don’t do it all at once.   Spread it out over a few days.  Revisit any chapters you want.

You must complete the AST 1 class before your field day.  You must attend the AST 1 field day to complete the AST 1 course.

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

Itinerary - Field Day
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AST 1 Field Day Itinerary

*The Thursday evening before your field day there will be a ZOOM meeting for 1 hour to prepare us for the field day*

Meet in parking lot ready to ride for 8 am.

We will be riding.  The riding will be good for all levels of riders.  You need a snowmobile with appropriate gear as well as a digital transceiver with a probe and shovel in a back pack.

  • Greetings, course materials and waivers.
  • 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.  We’ll have a lunch break, ride around to sample the snow, and learn as much as we can.  You must have completed the AST 1 class before attending the AST 1 field day.

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 Only Dec 4, 2021 to Feb 28, 2022 08:00 REVELSTOKE, BC - AST 1 Field Days $200 REVELSTOKE AST 1 Field Days: December 4, 5, 18, 19 January 8, 9, 15, 16, 31 February 12, 13. Click BOOK NOW to choose your date. Field days are held at Boulder Mountain. BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Dec 5, 2021 to Feb 28, 2022 08:00 REVELSTOKE, BC - Complete AST 1 Course $349 REVELSTOKE, BC - This is the COMPLETE AST 1 COURSE for sledders.
Click BOOK NOW to choose your Snowmobile AST 1 Field Day date at Boulder Mountain. Dates are: December 5, 6, 18, 19, January 8, 9, 15, 16, 31, February 12,13. Upon registration you will receive an email to access the online AST 1 Class Session.
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Sled AST 1 - Field Only Nov 13, 2021 to Mar 13, 2022 08:00 GOLDEN, BC - AST 1 Field Day $200 GOLDEN, BC AST 1 Field Days. Click BOOK NOW to choose your date. Field days are held EVERY WEEKEND at Quartz Creek. BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Nov 27, 2021 to Mar 13, 2022 08:00 GOLDEN, BC - Complete AST 1 Course $349 GOLDEN, BC - This is the COMPLETE AST 1 COURSE for sledders.
Click BOOK NOW to choose your Snowmobile AST 1 Field Day date. Field days are EVERY WEEKEND at Quartz Creek riding area. Upon registration you will receive an email to access the online AST 1 Class Session.
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Sled AST 1 - Class Only Oct 15, 2020 to Mar 31, 2023 12:00 SNOWMOBILE AST 1 - Online Class Component $149 Click BOOK NOW to sign up for the Snowmobile Online AST 1 Class. Complete it at your own pace, before your AST 1 Field Day. BOOK NOW
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