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AST1 Mount 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. IAG courses operate from our slopeside classroom making access to field sessions quick and easy. On our full field day we provide you with a lift ticket to facilitate quick and easy access up into the snow thus maximizing time spent looking at and travelling through real avalanche terrain.

Included in the price:

Slopeside classroom, single-ride lift ticket where applicable, Avaluator, texbook, use of transceiver, shovel and probe, industry-recognized certificate of completion and Avalanche Canada Student Fee.

Not included in the price:

Transportation, food, accommodation, personal equipment, and clothing.

  • Feb 20 - 21, 20180 spots available.$285.00 Sold Out
  • Feb 24 - 25, 20180 spots available.$285.00 Sold Out
  • Mar 3 - 4, 20188 spots available.$285.00 Book Trip
  • Mar 31 - Apr 1, 20181 spot available.$285.00 Book Trip
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(at 8:1 ratio) Next Trip: Feb 20 - 21, 2018
I found the course material excellent and the presentation was top notch. It helped that the subject matter is so inherently fascinating, but the two of you really brought it to life. It was clear from your passion that safety in the backcountry is of great personal significance to you. Your message of personal responsibility and power on the part of each member of a group really resonated with me. I was heartened to be made to feel like a member of a team, whose opinions and intuitions are important, even in the company of people with vastly more experience. This is a powerful message, applicable in many spheres of life that involve teamwork, from the mundane to the potentially life-changing. And for me, it was an extremely effective learning trigger, helping to give weight and substance to everything that I learned. Stefan Kriegler, Vancouver Island, BC.
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.
Ken is an excellent instructor and I thoroughly enjoyed the course!! C.G., Vancouver Island
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.
The course was fantastic. In particular our guide, Ken Wylie’s, communication skills were terrific. Graeme Green, Roberts Creek, 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.
I have nothing but good things to say about our instructor Ken. He was very knowledgeable and patient while explaining concepts. He encouraged and was always happy to answer any question we had to make sure everyone understood what was being taught. His personal experience and stories were powerful teaching tools explaining the balance between risk/reward when entering the backcountry. A.C., Vancouver Island
Just a quick note to express my satisfaction with the AST1 course at Washington this past weekend. The course exceeded my expectations in every regard and I came away feeling it was a weekend very well spent. You have a gift in Lyle. He is an exceptional instructor who can balance very well between the novices, such as me, and the folks with more experience. His teaching style means everyone benefits from each other as well as him. Helluva guy. Bil Derby, Nanaimo, BC.
Jan is a very knowledgeable guide and easy to approach with any question about the mountains you could think of. I highly recommend the AST Level 1 course for anyone who is interested in the backcountry. Experienced to complete beginner, this course has the very best building blocks to set a valuable foundation to keep you safe and having fun in the mountains. I will definitely be taking more courses through Island Alpine Guides in the future. Thank you! Natty Stash, Vancouver Island, BC.
This past weekend’s AST 1 course was excellent. Lyle did a great job of delivering the course content in a simple, easy to understand way. Even though snow conditions were not good, the field work we did was so valuable and effective. Andrew Jackson, Glen Lyon Norfolk School, Victoria, BC.