Hey folks, the winter season will be upon us before we know it. Need a safer ride? Want to #KnowBeforeYouGo? Take one of our AST 1 courses.
*New for 2021*
Planning to venture out for some backcountry skiing missions this winter? Consider signing up for our mountain navigation course. Knowing how to properly navigate in the mountains is a core skill for both your summer and winter adventures. The focus of this course is map and compass use, trip planning as well as digital tools such as phone apps and Google Earth. Planning to venture out for some backcountry skiing missions this winter? Consider signing up for our mountain navigation course. Knowing how to properly navigate in the mountains is a core skill for both your summer and winter adventures. The focus of this course is map and compass use, trip planning as well as digital tools such as phone apps and Google Earth. This course will be a 2 classroom session / 2 full field day program, Mountain Navigation Course Outline. This course is strongly recommended for anybody taking either an AST 2 or AST 2+ course.
Course Fee – $195.00 (note, students who complete a Colwest AST 2 or AST 2+ course by the end of 2022 will receive a $95.00 refund)
Classroom sessions will be provided virtually, in the comfort and safety of your home or office.
Avalanche Skills Training
Learn skills that will help you play safer this winter!
Colwest Alpine Adventures specialize in Avalanche Safety Training Courses for climbers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers. We offer flexible scheduling for private groups. Let us know if you have a group of 6 or more and we will set up dates that are convenient for you.
Other custom courses available: Intro to Backcountry Travel (learn the basics of backcountry travel, getting the right equipment, choosing appropriate destinations, how to have more fun and feel safe!)
Avalanche Canada – Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1)
Avalanche Canada’s “Avalanche Skills Training” (AST 1) course is a comprehensive program consisting of 6 hours of class time spread over 2 virtual classroom sessions & 2 field days (8 hours each) for a total of 20 hours of direct instruction.
The course focuses on understanding, recognizing & avoiding avalanche hazards. We focus on terrain recognition, basic snow pack structure, weather, group management, safe route finding & avalanche rescue techniques.
Basic skiing, snow boarding or snowshoeing ability.
Touring equipment or snow shoes required.
No previous avalanche experience is required for the AST 1 course.
Note: We will provide all the necessary snow safety equipment, no need for you to rent.
$275 AST 1 Course Fee Includes:
20 hrs of Direct Instruction
6:1 student—instructor ratio (maximum)
All Manuals as required by Avalanche Canada, including the Avaluator
Industry Recognized certificate of completion
Use of the following safety equipment (shovel, probe, transceiver)
AST 1 Courses Dates – BC Interior – Please note, all dates are 2021 – 2022.
Virtual Classroom (7:00-9:00pm)
Field Days (full day)
Dec 1 & 2
Dec 4 & 5
Dec 8 & 9
Dec 11 & 12
Dec 15 & 16
Dec 18 & 19
Dec 22 & 23
Dec 27 & 28
Dec 29 & 30
Jan 3 & 4
Jan 5 & 6
Jan 8 & 9
Jan 12 & 13
Jan 15 & 16
Jan 19 & 20
Jan 22 & 23
Feb 16 & 17
Feb 19 & 20
Mar 8 & 10
Mar 12 & 13
Mar 23 & 24
Mar 26 & 27
Have your own group, need CUSTOMIZED course dates? Feel free to contact us