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AST1 Mt. Washington

The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack. This is a two day course with one evening session.

Included in the price:

Instructor, Single ride lift tickets where applicable, Avaluator, use of transceiver, shovel, probe, industry recognized certificate of completion and Canadian Avalanche Centre Student Fee.

Not included in the price:

Transportation, food, accommodation and personal clothing and equipment (list supplied on booking). Transport, food and accommodation logistics are the responsibility of participants. We are happy to assist with suggestions and coordination.

  • Dec 6 - 7, 20144 spots available.$255.00 Book Trip
  • Dec 20 - 21, 20146 spots available.$255.00 Book Trip
  • Jan 3 - 4, 20158 spots available.$255.00 Book Trip
  • Jan 24 - 25, 20158 spots available.$255.00 Book Trip
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$255.00 / person

(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Dec 6 - 7, 2014
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Testimonials
An awesome experience! I can't wait to get out and use it. Patrick McConnell, Courtenay, BC.
Even though it was our 5th year running, I felt that your delivery of new course material and presentation techniques keeps getting better. Your ability to teach teenagers about terrain and avalanche risk assessment and group decisions is very effective. Thank you for helping to inspire tomorrow's stewards of nature. Andrew Jackson, Glen Lyon Norfolk School, Victoria, BC.
Thanks again for a great course. I think it was exactly what we needed. Kyle Milburn, Ecofish Research Ltd., Courtenay, BC.
My son really enjoyed the AST 1 course. He had a great time and learned a lot. He has told me a few stories from the course and you definitely got his attention. He loves skiing and the mountains and has been doing some skiing recently in the back country, which of course has had me concerned. I appreciate you teaching him respect for the back country and the elements. This course will help him to ski safer and be better prepared. Thank you very much. Sheila Goodall, Courtenay, BC.
Thanks again for the incredible, informative and fun course. Kimberly Johnston, Uculet, BC.
Awesome course, so worth the money. Angeline and I came out with so much more knowledge than we expected and feel so much more prepared to tour the back country this season. It really showed me how little I really knew last season. Your teaching ability and passion for ski touring and avalanche knowledge really shines through while you're teaching (especially in the field). Thanks again, and we look forward to taking more courses & tours with you guys in the near future. Enjoy the turns! Nate Elman & Angeline Huson, Courtenay, BC.
Thank you again for a truly amazing weekend. You really blew any expectations we had for AST out of the water. Breanne Storey, Victoria, BC.
My most sincere kudos to Mike for a administering a great course. He definitely made the course extremely engaging and interesting, his enthusiasm, knowledge and demeanour gave credibility to the course material and avalanche theory and thoroughly engaged the students – also, it made for one heck of a good time. Thanks Mike! Tony Litke, Snow Survey Network Program, BC Ministry of Environment., Victoria, BC.
The course went great, weather was perfect and Christoph is a great instructor with an amazing amount of knowledge. It's been over 10 years since I took my Avi Awareness and the new knowledge and tools will be an amazing help in the back country. Michael Allen, Valhalla Pure Outfiters, Nanaimo, BC.
Just finished my AST 1 course today and wanted to say that I had an awesome time and am looking forward to making turns in the back country. Thanks again for another awesome course, I've spread the word among my friends and they're all looking forward to next year to book their own spots for the AST 1 course. Kevin Hardy, Courtenay, BC.
I would like to commend you and your staff for putting on an awesome course. The content was thorough and engaging, the field work was not only an excellent way to reinforce the classroom lessons, but it also added so much more value to the course to be able to see things first hand out in the "real world". The class size was large enough to be able simulate a good size ski group but not too large for each student to get individualized attention from the instructor. Speaking of the instructor, Christophe did an amazing job. He was knowledgeable, professional and did a great job engaging us with the course content. I came away with a much greater understanding of the mechanics of avalanches and also a far greater respect for the potentially devastating effect that bad decision making can have. I would absolutely recommend the AST 1 course to anyone who ventures into the back country. Thanks again! Christina Sharun, Nanaimo, BC.
I just wanted to tell Jan and Mike just how happy I am with the AST1 course I took with you guys on the 19th and 20th of January. The practical knowledge we learned over those two days is invaluable. I definitely feel more confident in my decision making beyond the rope Thanks again and many happy turns. Steven Hornick, Cobble Hill, BC.
Hi Jan , here is some feedback for last weekend’s course with Mike at Mt . Washington . A thank you to Mike for sharing his expertise and lifelong mountain knowledge . From hoar frost to facets , from convexities and overburden to runout zone and debris field . He made the companion rescue interesting and challenging . Practise , practise , practise . A special thank you to you , for your effort with the great VI bulletin page . Our tool # 1 . Thomas and Waltraud Radetzki, Sooke, BC.