Dates and Prices
$195 CDN includes instruction, classroom materials, and avalanche safety equipment. You will need to bring adequate clothing and equipment for a backcountry ski tour (or snowshoes). GST is extra.
Special: Book an AST 1 and AST 2 at the same time and receive a 10% discount on both programs!
$150 CDN for the 'Plus Day'
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
The focus of this program is avalanche theory and instruction via Avalanche Canada's avalanche skills training curriculum. Our first day will be in the classroom in Calgary or Canmore learning about the conditions and physics that lead to avalanches. This is a full and intensive instructional day that is content-heavy. The second day will be a field trip to a backcountry location where we will be travelling either by backcountry ski gear or snowshoes to a number of different snow study sites. This can involve up to 5 km of travel and up to 250 m of elevation gain. Students must be able to travel on backcountry skis or snow shoes and should have a normal level of fitness.
Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and able to provide their own transportation. Otherwise, individuals 14-16 years of age may attend when accompanied by a participating parent or guardian. Our field day is not a backcountry ski day. We have a lot of field curriculum to review so we try to minimize travel and use training locations that are appropriate but quickly accessed. We offer a 'plus day' option at the end of each course that allows you to put your newly learned skills to pratical application via a ski touring day trip.
This course is two days of intensive learning. The first day is classroom based and the second day is in the backcountry learning and practicing modern recreational avalanche testing and training skills. It is a fast paced course with a curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada and refined by Yamnuska's operations team and avalanche instructors. Upon completion of the course you will receive an Avalanche Skills Training 1 Certificate. The AST1 is the prerequisite for the professional level Avalanche Operations Level 1 and our Avalanche Skills Training 2 course.
Advanced Avalanche Training and Theory
This course is the prerequisite for our Avalanche Skills Training 2 advanced reacreational course. If you are a backcountry skier or split boarder, you can join us for this comprehensive 4 day program which includes one day of advanced theory and three days of backcountry touring. We offer this four day program based out of Canmore twice in January, once in February and over two consecutive weekends in March. We also offer this program in Roger's Pass for those who are advanced backcountry skiers or split boarders.
Further reading and theory: We are now offering the AST 2 text for sale on our AST 1 programs. If you would like to have a reference manual that goes into more depth of the technical theory behind why avalanches occur, you can purchase the "Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain" book by Bruce Tremper for an additional $25. Please let us know when you register if you would like this option as supplies are limited and ordered in advance.
Gain an introduction to avalanche skills and the basic principles of safe winter backcountry travel with the avalanche experts from Yamnuska. We are a proud Founding Supplier Sponsor of Avalanche Canada and an approved avalanche skills training course provider. Courses in Canmore / Banff and Calgary.
Winter backcountry travel, skiing and snowboarding are very popular and exciting sports but without proper knowledge, enthusiasts often take unnecessary risks. Educate yourself with our introductory courses in Canmore or Calgary to make your winter travels in potential avalanche terrain safer and much more enjoyable. Our avalanche skills instructors are full-time certified guides and professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Their extensive personal experience in avalanche operations and avalanche forecasting will add an extra dimension of interest to make the training and advice more meaningful, relevant and fascinating.
We consistently get superb feedback from our avalanche skills training course students. For your convenience we offer classroom courses in both Calgary (MEC Calgary Store) and Canmore. We can offer private courses in British Columbia and Alberta for groups or individuals.
Our Canmore and Calgary avalanche courses fill quickly with many people booking both the AST 1 and AST 2 courses at the same time. Take advantage of our Winter promotion to receive a 10% discount when you book our AST 1 and AST 2 courses at the same time. This is great value and will accelerate your avalanche awareness and education.
Join us for an additional day of backcountry skiing every Monday following our AST 1 course. Sign up for our ‘Plus Day’ add-on option where you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice all of the AST 1 skills: route selection, terrain recognition and assessment, group management and safe travel practices and snow study opportunities where appropriate. (Must be on skis or splitboard. Minimum intermediate skier at the ski hill. Must be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
"The field day was great! Steve did an awesome job in helping us get some hands on experience. I feel very confident in my skills as a result!" Jason - Alberta
"The training was awesome and the instructors really master their stuff and it couldn't have been done better. Kudos to the instructors!"
Stephane - Alberta December 2012