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Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 (AST 1)


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Product Description

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 Consists of day one in the classroom and day two in the field. The AVCAN AST training curriculum is designed to enable people to travel in the back country safely, understanding where to obtain current information and understanding the onsite snow pack dynamics and terrain use.

If you are an avid back country user think of this training as a 6 day course, starting with AST 1 (2 days) then progressing to the AST 2 (4 days). If booking both courses with AAA you will receive a 10% discount on both courses, up to 2 years between AST 1 & 2, if booking AST 2 within this time frame you will be reimbursed the 10% from the AST 1 course. AAA is a full service guiding company, employing guides who are certified to work in any terrrain or discipline.

Field days will be held at Bow Summit or Chickadee Valley, in some cases due to conditions the field day location may change, this will be discussed in class.

  • Classroom Session are on Saturdays starting at 09:00 and are held at the YWCA Training Center in Banff Alberta. Make a weekend of it and book a room at the YWCA in Banff.
    • November 25th/26th field day NO ROOM LEFT ON THIS 1!
    • December 2nd/3rd field day
    • December 9th/10th field day
    • December 16th/17th field day
    • January 13th/14th field day
    • February 3rd/4th field day
    • March 10th/11th field day
    • Private dates are available if you have a group of friends together, contact Jeff to discuss details.
  • Day one is an introduction to the theoretical side of snow science and terrain selection.
  • Please bring any gear you may have questions about to the class room session
  • Day two is spent in the field putting to use newly learnt skills
    • Companion Rescue
    • Snowpack analysis and weak layer recognition
    • Group dynamics and management
    • Risk tolerance
    • Terrain use and avoidance
    • Understanding changing mountain wx and the effects it has on the snowpack
  • Avalanche Canada AvCan  Curriculum with CAA text and The Avaluator included
  • All instructors are certified by the Canadian Avalanche Association and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and or the IFMGA
  • Maximum 8 students: 1 instructor on the field day
  • We highly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance

Additional Information


November 25-26th 2017, December 2-3 2017, December 9-11 2017, December 16-17 2017, January 13-14, February 3-4, March 10-11

What's Included

Avalanche Canada AvCan Curriculum with AvCan text and The Avaluator.
Avalanche Transceiver, shovel and probe
ACMG/IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide
CAA Certified Instructors

Gear List

Telemark or Alpine Touring skis with climbing skins
OR Splitboard
You will also need:
Warm, sturdy ski, snowshoe or snowboard boots
Layered, snow shedding clothing for snow, wind & cold
Day pack
Extra warm clothing (for standing around in the snow, more is better than not enough)
Sun/snow hat
Extra gloves/mitts
Lunch & snacks
Water bottle or thermos


We highly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance. Insurance can be purchased through Northman insurance at https://northman.co/alpine-air-adventures/


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