Avalanche Skills Training level 1 – PLUS (AST 1+) – January 4-5, 2020


Cost: $342 + GST (include an overnight stay at Coquihalla Lakes Lodge)

*** This course is now full. Please get in touch with our staff to find out future courses ***

It’s 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! Whether you are snowshoeing, skiing and boarding, or mountaineering, understanding what is happening in the snowpack is critical to staying alive in avalanche terrain.

Based on the most advanced knowledge available, this course will provide you with entry-level decision-making skills essential for backcountry travel and safety.  It will be suitable for people with basic backcountry skills and minimal experience.

The curriculum for this course is based on the requirements set out by the Canadian Avalanche Center (CAC).  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 backcountry 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.

This Course is a PLUS Level 1, which simply means that you will take away more skills than you would from a basic AST 1 course. This is due to the group overnight aspect at the Coquihalla Lakes Lodge and the immersive time that you will be able to spend with our team of mountain professionals. Being based overnight in the terrain that you will be traveling through during the weekend will help you to study in live-time the effects of temperature change, wind, snowfall and sun on the avalanche conditions. You will also have more time to spend in the backcountry overall.

The course will be comprised of one evening classroom session, to be held in the Cabins at the end of Day 1, as well as two full days in the field. Locations will vary within the Coquihalla Summit Recreation area, as it will be conditions and group dependant.

Course duration: This course will run from Saturday Jan 4th to Sunday 5th and include an overnight stay at Coquihalla Lakes Lodge. 

Prerequisites: No previous avalanche experience is required. In order to enable your learning experience, you must participate in this course on skis, splitboard or snowshoes.

Instructor to student ratio: 1:6

To register please contact info@mtwaddingtons.com or (604) 846-1984 


Location: Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area Cost: $342 + GST


Saturday Jan 4th: 

  • 6am – Meet at Mt Waddington’s Outdoors and coordinate carpooling 
  • 6:30am – depart towards Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area
  • Arrive at Coquihalla Lakes Lodge around 8am and drop off personal gear in respective rooms 
  • 9am to 9pm – The majority of the first day will be spent outside. All theoretical lessons will occur in the vicinity of the lodge and in the backcountry. Lunch will take place in the backcountry. Dinner will take place at the cabins before heading out for the evening lessons. 

Sunday Jan 5th: 

  • 7am to 8:30am – Wake up and group breakfast  period
  • 9am to 3pm – The majority of the second day will be spent outside on a backcountry day trip involving practical lessons.
  • 3:30pm depart Coquihalla Lakes Lodge towards Chilliwack
  • Arrive at Mt Waddington’s Outdoors around 5pm


The following items are mandatory equipment for the course (note that snowshoes, poles and AVI equipment available for rental MWO):

  • Skis, splitboard, or snowshoes (with poles)
  • Beacon/Transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe 

Personal mandatory kit

  • Winter backcountry clothing 
  • Winter appropriate day pack (30 liters or more)
  • Headlamp
  • Winter gloves and liners 
  • Headwear
  • Sunglasses/goggles
  • Hydration system
  • Sleeping bag for your stay at the lodge

Not sure what to bring? Give us a call or stop by the store and we can hook you up with some great gear before your trip!

***Food is not included in the cost. Our staff will get in touch with you in order to coordinate food options and details.***