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/McBride.  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.  You do NOT need to be an expert sledder.  Beginner riders will do just fine.

Private courses with custom dates are available.  Contact us

When booking your AST 1, you are choosing your Field Day date.  You will automatically be enrolled in the online class.

AST 1 Field Day Dates 2021/2022

Golden, BC 

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

Valemount, BC

December 11, 12, 18, 19, 28 | January 15, 16, 29, 30 | February 12, 26 | March 12

Fernie, BC

January 8, 9

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Objectives

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 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

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 When Time Location Price Notes Book Online
Sled AST 1 Click BOOK NOW 08:00 FERNIE, BC $349 Snowmobile AST 1 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Click BOOK NOW 08:00 FERNIE, BC $200 Snowmobile AST 1 - Field Day BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Click BOOK NOW 08:00 REVELSTOKE, BC $200 Snowmobile AST 1 - Field Day BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Click BOOK NOW 08:00 REVELSTOKE, BC $349 Snowmobile AST 1 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Click BOOK NOW 08:00 VALEMOUNT, BC $200 Snowmobile AST 1 - Field Day BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Field Only Click BOOK NOW 08:00 GOLDEN, BC $200 Snowmobile AST 1 - Field Day BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Click BOOK NOW 08:00 GOLDEN, BC $349 Snowmobile AST 1 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 Click BOOK NOW 08:00 VALEMOUNT, BC $349 Snowmobile AST 1 BOOK NOW
Sled AST 1 - Class Only All Season ONLINE TRAINING $149 Snowmobile AST 1 - Online Class BOOK NOW
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