Avalanche Education

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

We're serious about Safety.

"Judson has a wealth of experience in the backcountry. He had stories to share to help us apply what we were learning, this really helped us understand the importance of why we needed to learn what we did. We even got a couple deep pow turns in as well." - Sean Taylor

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 is the perfect intro course for anyone wanting to get into the backcountry and be safe! Never has there been a better time to learn about mountain travel. The AST 1 course teaches you what you need to know to play safely in the mountains. We show you how to plan and carry out a trip, read and use avalanche bulletin, utilize the vast array of online resources at your disposal, and what to do when all else fails.

The AST 1 course is two full 8 hour days.

  • Day 1
    is spent mostly in classroom learning the fundamentals. We learn about the formation and release of avalanches, how to avoid avalanches, how human factors influence our likelihood of being caught in an avalanche, how to use our amazing online tools (including your smartphones in your decision making), and we plan and research our tour for the following day. Toward the end of the day, we head outside to practice avalanche rescue skills. 
  • Day 2
    a full field day at either Whitewater Ski Resort or the Kootenay Pass Backcountry. Here we learn to: recognize avalanche terrain (both big and small), proper group travel techniques, how to use the Avaluator Tool to help make decisions, we look at the mountain snowpack and learn basic snow science techniques to determine if the conditions are stable, and finally we practice our avalanche rescue techniques. Of course, we do what we can to grab some pow on the way down.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 6-7th, 2018
  • January 27-28th, 2018*
  • February 10-11th, 2018
  • March 10-11th, 2018

*Women only course

Here is what you get: 

  • Two days of instruction with certified professionals who like to ski, snowboard and have fun!
  • The Avaluator™ tool, a great tool you can use to trip-plan and make on-mountain decisions.
  • A copy of Backcountry Avalanche Awareness by the legendary Avalanche Guru, Bruce Jamieson.
  • All of the fun and learning you can handle.

  • Course Cost:

    $220 +tax

"If you want to play here...
you have to learn the rules first"

Managing Avalanche Terrain

Upcoming Dates

  • January 8th, 2018
  • February 26th, 2018
  • March 4th, 2018 

The MAT is a one-day field-based course designed to expand on the terrain management taught in the AST 1 course and to develop more advanced winter backcountry travel skills. 

This course is for students who have completed the AST 1 course and have already traveled in the backcountry.  We will have a full field day of fun and safety at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. During our day we review our trip planning and fundamentals learned in the AST 1, we then take them to another level by going further into the backcountry and honing your terrain evaluation and travel skills.

  • Course Cost:

    $125 +tax

"Terrain management is paramount to safe backcountry travel"

Companion Rescue Skills 

Upcoming Dates

  • February 3rd, 2018
  • March 3rd, 2018
Sharpen your rescue skills - this is what keeps you and your partners alive! A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques.

The CRS course is an important refresher for those with previous training or a great way to dial the rescue skills you learned in your AST 1.This hands-on, one-day CRS course takes place in the field. During the day, we will review the skills you have learned in AST-1, talk about different rescue scenario and practice....

  • Course Cost:

    $89 +tax

"If you think you know enough, you don't know enough"

Advance Touring Course

Upcoming Dates

  • February 9 -10 -11th, 2018
The advanced touring course is your chance to spend 3 full field days honing your skills with an ACMG guide.  We will cover advanced trip planning, terrain analysis, route finding, skin track setting, map and GPS reading, and how to take relevant snowpack observations including the compression test and extended column test.  This course is for people who have completed the AST 1 course and are looking for the next step. 
  • Course Cost:

    $375 +tax

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