AST 1 - Avalanche Skills Training Level 1:
This year we have teamed up with BlackSheep
Adventure Sports to offer discounted AST 1
training to members.
Their avalanche safety
instructors are all ACMG
certified guides as well as
members of the Canadian Avalanche
This means that they’re not limited in the
types of terrain they can access for the course
and their extensive personal experience in
winter guiding, avalanche operations and
forecasting will add an extra dimension to your
Even better, the course includes 2
days in the field instead of the much
more common single day. This will allow more time
to learn and get confident traveling
around in avalanche terrain.
Leaders: Monte Johnson, Todd Powell, Rob
Janousek, Anna Milino
Length: 2.5 Days
Cost: $249 CAD per person (ACC
Vancouver discounted price, to be paid directly to
Black Sheep Mountain Sports by Visa or e-transfer)
Dates & Availability:
- December 5 & 6, 2020 (8 spots available)
- December 12 & 13, 2020 (8 spots available)
- January 2 & 3, 2021 (7 spots available)
This AST 1 course is based out of the Squamish and
Whistler area, north of Vancouver.
you have completed the online learning at home we
will do a brief classroom session on the
first day before heading out into the backcountry
for some hands-on learning.
location of the field day will be based on current
conditions and weather but we often head
into one of the common backcountry ski areas
around Squamish such as Red Heather, Olson
Creek, Metal Dome, etc...
Day 0.5 – Classroom Day:
- You will be provided with a log-in and
password for an online learning course that
covers all of the classroom related materials.
Day 1 & 2 – Field Days:
- 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
- 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of
ski touring & learning
- 4:00pm: Back at
meeting location for PM debrief
- Avalanche Canada Instructor & ACMG
Certified Ski Guide
Avalanche Awareness Book
- Avaluator Booklet
with Slope Assessment Field Card
- Companion Rescue Field Card
- AST 1
Certificate upon Successful Completion
- Transportation to/from meeting points.
- Personal ski & safety equipment
(transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
- Rentals are available upon request
- A $100 deposit per person is required to
secure a booking.
- The final
payment is due 30 days prior to the trip.
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- Participants will be
required to sign a Waiver.
Note: Because of COVID-19 there will be
additional requirements including
wearing face masks when you cannot physically
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