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Avalanche Skills Training

Safety first, but the fun is number one!

  • "Pursued the AST-1 course with KBG based on recommendations from a few friends and they exceeded my expectations. The online training course was excellent preparation before two full days in the field. It allows you to learn the basics of avalanche safety at your own pace while using real-world examples of situations you may encounter in the field..."

  • "We completed the Managing Avalanche Terrain course with Judson Wright today, and it was phenomenal. Judson is highly experienced and spared no detail when sharing his knowledge with us. Doing the online learning instead of a class room was ideal. We had a huge day out in the field and although pit digging and companion rescue wasn't on the curriculum, we did it anyway. Thanks Judson!!"

  • "I recently took the AST-1 course with KBG. It was a very professional and informative course with lots of time in the field and a well designed online primer. Would highly recommend this outfit for anybody thinking of getting their AST-1."

  • Don't just take our word for it, check out what all these awesome past/repeat participants had to say

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AST Course Waiver

Please ensure you have read the waiver. Your guide will go over the waivers on the morning of your tour or course, and you will sign in front of them so they can witness. DO NOT PRINT AND SIGN BEFORE.

A.S.T. - 1

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1

This course is for everyone who is getting into ski touring and splitboarding and needs to learn the basics. You will get a series of online course materials, and TWO full field days in the Whitewater/Kootenay Pass backcountry.

A.S.T. - 2

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

Are you ready to take backcountry adventure to the next level? On this four-day course, our expert guides will give you all the tips and tricks you need for a lifetime of safety and exploration in the backcountry. 

Lodge Based A.S.T. - 2

Lodge Based AST 2

This A.S.T. 2 course is for those seeking an incredible lodge-based backcountry learning adventure. All the amenities of standard living plus extras: private rooms for two, hot and cold running water, and electricity.

M.A.T.

Managing Avalanche Terrain

The Managing Avalanche Terrain (M.A.T.) is a field-based course designed to expand on the terrain management taught in the AST-1 and to develop advanced winter backcountry travel skills. Get to know your backyard! 

C.R.S.

Companion Rescue Skills

Companion rescue is a crucial skill that all winter backcountry recreationists need. You never want to use it, but you should have it totally dialed. 

AST LEVEL 1

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (A.S.T.-1)


NOW BOOKING 2022!!

  • 21/22 Dates:

    • Nov. 27-28, 2021
    • Dec. 4-5, 2021
    • Dec. 11-12, 2021
    • Dec. 18-19, 2021
    • Dec. 26-27, 2021
    • Jan. 1-2, 2022
    • Jan. 8-9, 2022 *Ladies Only*
    • Jan. 22-23, 2020
    • Jan. 29-30, 2022
    • Feb. 19-20, 2022 *Ladies Only*
    more dates tba
  • Course Cost:

    $307 +tax

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

Whether you are taking your first steps into the backcountry or looking to increase your knowledge base, the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 program is for you. Our professional guides will teach you how to plan and carry out a safe backcountry trip, read and use the avalanche bulletin, utilize the vast array of online resources at your disposal, and carry out a proficient rescue in the event of an accident.  

Our AST-1 course is designed to get you the skills you need to get up to speed quickly so you can maximize your fun and safety in the backcountry. 

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private course for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available.

Here is what you get:

  • Two days of instruction with our fun and professional guides.

  • The Avaluator™ tool, a great tool you can use to trip-plan and make on-mountain decisions.
  • The new Avalanche Handbook by James Floyer and Keith Robine.

  • Our 5 Rules to Stay Safe in Avalanche Terrain and gear checklist card. 

  • Access to your online classroom material for life

Online pre-learning combined with TWO full 8-hour field days. 

  • Pre-Learning

    We have moved our classrooms to online! This self-paced online pre-learning will provide you with the foundational knowledge to apply to your field days. All material must be completed before your first field day.

  • Day 1

    Will be spent learning the fundamentals, getting familiar with your safety equipment and going on a short tour. You  will learn all the necessary information to safely carry out a backcountry ski trip and learn the latest companion rescue techniques. 

  • Day 2

    We expand on your learning from day-one and carry out a full field day in either the Whitewater Ski Resort or Kootenay Pass Backcountry. You will put everything we learned on day-one into practice. 

Fitness & Skill Requirements:


Managing Avalanche Terrain

Managing Avalanche Terrain (M.A.T.)


  • 21/22 Dates:

    • Dec 11, 2021
      Intermediate
    • Jan 2, 2022
      Advanced
    • Jan 22, 2022
      Intermediate
    • Jan 30, 2022
      Advanced
    more dates tba
  • Course Cost:

    $197 +tax

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

GET TO KNOW YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

The Managing Avalanche Terrain (M.A.T.) is a field-based course designed to expand on the terrain management taught in the AST-1 and to develop advanced winter backcountry travel skills. Get to know your own backyard! Each one of our courses takes place at a different popular touring location in the Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry. We encourage you to register for multiple M.A.T. course dates, to maximize your experiences and become more familiar with the accessible terrain out your backdoor.

Our M.A.T. course is designed to help you learn the terrain you play in and maximize your fun and safety in the backcountry. Our M.A.T. course differs from others as we will provide you with an online refresher for you to work through, at your own pace, before your field day. We understand that more than ever skiers and boarders are looking to explore the backcountry. Learn how to do so safely from our expert local guides, while having a good time.

You must have taken the AST-1 course to enroll in this course.

Fitness & Skill Requirements:

AST LEVEL 2

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (A.S.T.-2)


NOW BOOKING 2022!!

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

Are you ready to take your learning to the next level? 

No more following your friends and being unsure of yourself. This 4-day course is designed to give you the foundation needed for a lifetime of safety in the backcountry. You will need to complete your online pre-learning course, comprised of a series of lectures, videos, discussions, and quizzes that review and expand on the lessons learned in the AST-1. We follow this with FOUR full field days in classic backcountry locations throughout the Kootenays. 

You can expect our professional guides to show you advanced methods for terrain analysis, companion rescue, route finding, skin track setting, map, and GPS reading, and cover advanced weather forecasting. We will show you how to take relevant snowpack observations, including the compression test, and extended column test.

The AST-2 course is for students who are looking to get professional-level decision-making tools and processes so they can find the best snow and increase their safety. 

You must have taken the AST-1 course to enroll in this course.

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private course for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available. 

Online pre-learning combined with FOUR full 8-hour field days. 

  • Pre-Learning

    We have moved our classrooms to online! This self-paced online pre-learning will provide you with the foundational knowledge to apply to your field days. All material must be completed before your first field day.

  • Day 1

    Is spent reviewing key lessons from the AST-1, covering advanced companion rescue skills, and introduction to snowpack tests. We will do a short tour to an area where we can run companion rescue scenarios and get snowpack information. We will plan out our backcountry trip for the following day at either Kootenay Pass or the Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry.

  • Day 2

    We will have a short morning meeting covering the weather and avalanche hazard and go over our route plan for the day. We will then head into the backcountry and begin putting all of our built on skills into practice by having a full day of touring, assessing terrain and snowpack along the way.

  • Day 3

    We will have a short morning meeting covering the weather and avalanche hazard and go over our route plan for the day. We will then head into the backcountry and begin to put you into the driver’s seat, making decisions with the aid of our expert guides. We will start to get you to gather your own snowpack information and assess terrain.  At the end of the day we will plan our trip for the next day.

  • Day 4

    We will have a short morning meeting covering the weather and avalanche hazard and go over our route plan for the day. Class members will be more involved in the planning and decision making on this tour.  The guide will take on more of a support role and assist you in planning and carrying out a backcountry ski tour.

Fitness & Skill Requirements:

AST LEVEL 2 - LODGE BASED

A.S.T. 2 Lodge Based


NOW BOOKING 2022! Limited spots available

Please note that this course takes place indoors and outdoors. All participants must be fully vaccinated as per our Communicable Disease Plan to participate. If you have any questions please contact us. ​​​​​​​

Welcome to elevated learning! Take your backcountry education to the next level with our Lodge-based AST-2. This course takes place in one of the most comfortable and equipped huts in the province, surrounded by the largest peaks in the Kootenays.

Join us on the learning experience of a lifetime!  Spend fun-filled days learning core skills and relax in a fully equipped lodge in the evenings. We will spend five days and four nights in a beautiful backcountry lodge surrounded by incredible terrain. We are not talking about any old hut; enjoy hot and cold running water, bedding, even a hot tub to unwind in.

We have an engaging and easy to use online learning platform where you complete the theory components of the course before you arrive at the lodge. This will allow you to fully immerse in the surrounding terrain and field components while at the lodge, greatly enhancing your learning experience. You will be required to complete the online portion before Day-1 of your course date. 

You must have taken the AST-1 course to enrol in this course.

  • "I took the AST2 at a cabin, it was the most useful 4 days of backcountry learning possible. Judson has incredible knowledge & experience and he shares it in a humble, practical way. I'll benefit from taking his course for years to come."

What to expect:

  • Pre-Trip Planning and Information including: Pre-Course information packages, gear lists and preparation materials

  • Online pre-learning - it's self-paced meaning no mandatory zoom meetings and autosaves your progress to come and go

  • Professional Guides, who are passionate about teaching and giving you all the skills you need to plan a safe backcountry adventure

  • Action-packed learning in five full days (four nights)

  • Comfortable and equipped lodge for a rewarding backcountry experience with all the amenities of standard living, plus extras

  • Self Catered Definition: You and another course participant will be partnered up to create a dinner and breakfast for the group. Bring your own lunches. 

Fitness & Skill Requirements:

Still not sure or looking for more details? No worries we are more than happy to answer any and all questions. Our goal is to ensure you find the right course for your skill level and goals. Simply fill out the contact form below and we will follow up with you.

To ensure the safety of the local community, guides, staff, and guests we will require that all guides and participants of a lodge or hut or basecamp tour or course be fully vaccinated. For more information please ensure you read our Communicable Disease Plan. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact us to discuss. 

Companion Rescue Skills

*NEW* Companion Rescue Skills


2022 DATES COMING SOON

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

Companion rescue is a crucial skill that all winter backcountry recreationists need. You never want to use it, but you should have it totally dialed. Of course, the number one goal is to avoid being caught in an avalanche but if it ever happens to your group, you’ll want to know exactly what to do.

In this one-day course, you will get all the latest information on how to best respond to having one of our touring partners buried in an avalanche. You will also get plenty of time to practice your companion rescue skills. Our C.R.S. course differs from others as we will provide you with an online refresher for you to work through, at your own pace, before your field day. Our expert guides will give you feedback on ways you can improve your transceiver searches, probing skills, organizing a digging team, and what to do once you have removed someone from under the snow.

Still not convinced? Check out Avalanche Canada’s 8 Reasons You Should Take a Companion Rescue Skills Course

**You must have taken the AST-1 course to enroll in this course.

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private course for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available. 

Fitness & Skill Requirements:

Lodge Based AST 2

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