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.
$250 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 2020 – 2021 (classroom sessions are held in the evening)
Virtual Classroom (eve)
Dec 2nd & 3rd
Dec 5th & 6th
Dec 9th & 10th
Dec 12th & 13th
Dec 16th & 17th
Dec 19th & 20th
Dec 28th & 29th
Jan 2nd & 3rd
Jan 6th & 7th
Jan 9th & 10th
Jan 13th & 14th
Jan 16th & 17th
Jan 20th & 21st
Jan 23rd & 24th
Feb 10 & 11
Feb 13 & 14
Feb 24 & 25
Feb 27 & 28
Mar 2 & 4
Mar 6 & 7
Have your own group, need CUSTOMIZED course dates? Feel free to contact us