Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Level 1 | March 2-4, 2018 | Snowshoe Specific


It is critical to be able to understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur, and find routes that minimize risk in order to fully enjoy our wonderful backcountry!  This is a crucial course for anyone who wants to get into backcountry skiing/split boarding, snowshoeing on backcountry trails, or snowmobiling.

Snowshoe AST 1 course is designed specifically for snowshoers traveling in the backcountry. All AST 1 specific content will be covered on this course, but we recognize that snowshoers make different terrain choices and pick different routes. This course will focus on the specific needs of snowshoers who want to ensure they are staying safe from avalanches while in the backcountry.

The curriculum for this course is  based on the requirements set out by Avalanche Canada (AC).  By the end of the weekend you will understand the basics of avalanche formation and release in susceptible terrain, know how to plan and carry out a safe back country trip using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain, and how to carry out a companion rescue.  In addition, you will learn where to find and how to use a variety of avalanche safety resources.

All of our instructors are certified by the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) and work in the Avalanche industry as either Ski /Mountain Guides, Pro Ski Patrollers, or for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

No previous avalanche experience is required!




Location: Decades Coffee Club, Field location TBD Cost: $250 +GST


March 2-4, 2018 Friday evening till Sunday later afternoon

Friday March 2: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Classroom Session usually held at Decades Coffee Club (Chilliwack)
The evening session is spent learning and reviewing essential Avalanche Safety theory.
Saturday & Sunday March 3&4: 8:00am-4:00pm
Field Days-Day 2 & 3 are full day of “hands-on” practical learning in the field working on snowpack, terrain, travel and rescue skills.

To be determined as it is condition dependent. Previous courses have been held at Manning Park Resort, Hemlock Valley Resort, or the Coquihalla HWY backcountry.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation and food for the duration of the course.


The following items are mandatory for the course: Available for rent at Mt. Waddingtons Outdoors.

  • Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Probe

For efficient snow travel we suggest:

  • Snowshoes


  • Please list any know medical conditions.
  • Please list any known allergies.