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.
If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.
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Included in the price:
- 2 days of instruction
- Slopeside classroom
- Industry recognized certificate of completion
- Avalanche Canada Student fee
Not included in the price:
- Personal equipment
- Avi kit
- Lift ticket
Avi kit rental $20.00
Transceiver, shovel and probe. Available as a package only. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, otherwise you will need to rent a kit from us to take part.
Lift ticket $26.00
2-ride ticket. If your trip is taking part at an operational ski hill, and you do not have a season pass or a ticket of your own, you must purchase a 2-ride ticket from us to take part.
- Feb 2 - 3, 20196 spots available.$300.00 Book Trip
- AST1 Cain (pdf)
$300.00 / person(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Feb 2 - 3, 2019
You did a great job with making the course professional while keeping it entertaining and fun. I felt you did a great job of balancing the safety and technique messages while keeping it realistic and relating it to real situations and decision making. I would and have recommend the AST1 course to anyone who wants to explore any out of bounds areas whether they are skiers, boarders, snowshoe or hikers. I really liked the layout of the course and how you used what we were actually seeing (good and bad techniques) and experiencing as learning tools instead of just using theory. I am eager to get out and put some of my new skills to practice and continue learning in the outdoors!Tod Gilbert, Nanaimo, BC.
Just wanted to thank you for a great weekend. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.Shauna Mack, Port McNeill, BC.
Thank you for offering a great course! Lots of information in just two days!Keiko Arakawa, Campbell River, BC.
Thanks again for a great course; it was so great to do the course on my home turf, because I now see that terrain in a whole new light. It actually made me more confident about going into avalanche terrain back there, because I have some tools to assess the risk appropriately.Jimmy Thomson, Vancouver, BC.
Thanks so much for doing a great job on that course! I can't remember ever learning so much in a weekend. The drive through the mountains back to Edmonton was extra fun -- I spent half the time tracing routes up and down the visible terrain.Euan Thomson, Edmonton AB
Thank you for an amazingly informative course. The content was very educational and you were superb at facilitating learning throughout!Bridget Horel, Merville, BC.
Thank you again for your work with the Alpine Club Youth this past weekend. They learned a lot and are inspired to learn more thanks to your engaging and informative course.Dahlia Miller, Victoria, BC.