Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 for Snowshoers (AST1) course ensures you acquire the fundamentals critical to safe backcountry travel. This includes pre-trip planning, backcountry equipment, snowpack and avalanche hazard assessment, terrain selection and avalanche rescue skills. This two day course has an indoor theory day and a backcountry field day.
This introductory avalanche skills course is designed for snowshoers, cross-country skiers, hikers, and ice climbers who want to develop the skills for safe travel in backcountry terrain where avalanche hazard exists. Our student to guide ratio is 8:1 as this ensures maximum safety and learning.
If you venture out of bounds, or long to head into the backcountry an AST 1 is your place to start. You don’t need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.
Cost: $290 taxes included
Register: Stop by the Baldy Admin office up at the mountain OR email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call Andrew at 250-498-4086 X 107.
What you will learn in an AST 1:
– avalanche formation and release
– identify avalanche terrain
– the basics of trip planning
– optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to – – mitigate your avalanche risk
– use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
– intro to companion rescue