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Avalanche Skills Training

We're serious about safety and having a good time in the mountains!

  • "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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January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2022 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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. 

Hut Based A.S.T. - 2

Mount Brennan AST 2

This A.S.T. 2 course is for those seeking an incredible hut-based backcountry learning adventure. Join us at the fully equipped Mount Brennan Hut that is located just under the spectacular Mount Brennan. 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 dialled. In this one course, you will get all the latest information on how to best respond to having one of our touring partners buried in an avalanche.

 

 

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


2020/2021 DATES

We have had a great season this year, and are beyond blown away by the number of locals who took the initiative to get their AST Level 1. High five to everyone! Since we are seeing reduced interest, we are not offering any more AST Level 1 courses for this season. However, we are taking private requests from 1 - 6 participants.   

Oh no, is the course date you want to register for sold out? Simply register for our waitlist and if spots open up we will be reaching out to you first. 

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.

January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2022 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

*New in 2020-21*GOODBYE CLASSROOM AND HELLO MORE MOUNTAINS!
Our AST-1 course is now based on online home 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. 

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


  • 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.

"BUCKLE UP.
IT'S YOUR TURN TO DRIVE!"

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


2020/2021 DATES

  • March 11 - 14, 2021 *last one of the season*

Oh no, is the course date you want to register for sold out? Simply register for our waitlist and if spots open up we will be reaching out to you first. 

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. 

January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2022 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

*New in 2020-21*GOODBYE CLASSROOM AND HELLO MORE MOUNTAINS!
Our AST-2 course is now based on online home 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.

  • Course Cost:

    $614 +tax     *Other fees may apply

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.

“GOTTA USE YOUR BRAIN, IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR EQUIPMENT” - WARREN MILLER

Managing Avalanche Terrain (M.A.T.)


We have had a great season this year, and are beyond blown away by the number of locals who took the initiative to get their AST certification. High five to everyone! Since we are seeing reduced interest, we are not offering any more AST courses for this season. However, we are taking private requests from 1 - 6 participants.   

Oh no, is the course date you want to register for sold out? Simply register for our waitlist and if spots open up we will be reaching out to you first. 

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. 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.

January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2022 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Course Cost:

    $149 +tax. *additional fees may apply

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.

M.A.T.



Elevated Learning



Hut Based A.S.T.-2


Due to the uncertainties around COVID-19 we will not be offering Hut based AST courses for the 2020/2021 season

We will be offering our Hut Based AST Courses for the 2021/2022 Winter Season!
If you are interested we encourage you to sign up for our waitlist. Those who are on the waitlist will have first priority for booking dates next season. 

This AST-2 course is for those seeking a unique hut-based backcountry learning adventure. 

Our expert guides will give you professional-level tools so you can make the most out of your backcountry journey. Our goal will be to make use of the terrain on and surrounding area to teach the curriculum of our signature AST-2 program. 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. 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 enroll in this course.

  • Course Cost:

    $1299 +tax

Every minute counts...



*NEW* Companion Rescue Skills


2020/2021 DATES

We have had a great season this year, and are beyond blown away by the number of locals who took the initiative to get their AST certification. High five to everyone! Since we are seeing reduced interest, we are not offering any more AST courses for this season. However, we are taking private requests from 1 - 6 participants. 

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

January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2022 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Course Cost:

    $149 +tax     *additional fees may apply

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.

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