Avalanche Skills Training - Level 1


The AST Level 1 Course is where you will learn the fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. This course is comprised of a minimum of seven hours of classroom education with one full day of instruction in the field. It is suitable for sledders with little training and minimal experience. Choose one classroom session and one field day session from the list below to suit your schedule. Custom dates or private courses also available.

 Classroom Sessions:                     Field Day Sessions:

Oct 20 2018: Regina, SK                 Dec 8 2018: Fernie, BC

Oct 21 2018: Winnipeg, MB             Dec 30 2018: Fernie, BC

Oct 27 2018: Calgary, AB                Feb 2 2019: Fernie, BC

Nov 4 2018: Nelson, BC                  Feb 24 2019: Fernie, BC

Dec 29 2018: Fernie, BC                 Mar 3 2019: Fernie, BC

Feb 23 2019: Fernie, BC                 


Companion Rescue Skills


The Companion Rescue Skills course teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques and is is a must-have for all backcountry sledders. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.


Custom dates to suit your needs. No minimum number of participants required. 


Avalanche Skills training - Level 2


Ready for the next level in your avalanche skills development? The AST level 2 course builds on the foundational skills learned in the AST1 program with one class room session and three field days devoted to enhancing your decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. Participants will learn progressive planning and travel techniques for sledding safely through a variety of terrain, key techniques for using both the Danger Rating on a local scale and the ATES model to develop personal terrain ratings, and improved proficiency in carrying out a group rescue. 


Feb 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th 2019 (two back to back weekends)

Feb 15-18 2019

Additional course dates may be available upon request

Managing avalanche terrain


The MAT course is a field based program for sledders who have taken their AST1 and are looking for additional training in terrain management. Participants will learning how to mitigate risk exposure by honing terrain assessment and travel skills. 


Custom dates to suit your needs. No minimum number of participants required. 

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