$295.00 / person(at 8:1 ratio)
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Avalanche kit rental includes transceiver, shovel and probe. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, and a solid shovel and probe. If you do not have all three of these things then you must rent a kit from us to take part. Avi Kits once rented are non-refundable.
We offer specially priced lift tickets for the duration of your guided course or trip. Purchase is necessary to take part, unless you have a seasons pass or a ticket of your own. No need to buy for each day of the course, only a single ticket purchase is necessary. Please note that once purchased, lift tickets are non-refundable.
- Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release
- Recognize avalanche terrain
- Develop a pre-trip plan
- Use the Avaluator decision-making system
- Interpret avalanche bulletins
- Safe travel in avalanche terrain (uphill and down)
- Complete slope scale assessments
- Enact a companion rescue
- 2 days of instruction with a certified instructor
- Certificate of completion
- Avalanche Skills Training Handbook
- Avaluator Trip Planner/Slope Assessment Tool
- Avalanche Canada student fee
- Personal equipment
- Avi Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe – available as an add-on)
- Lift ticket (available as an add on)
Exact meeting details will be provided in the pre-trip email sent one-week prior to the start of your course.
- Have moderate fitness (able to hike for 2-3 hours/day)
- Have a basic understanding of your gear, and any limitations (consider practicing with your transceiver beforehand if possible)
- Be prepared to spend the day outside in variable conditions (please see gear list)
Minors on AST1.
If you are under the age of 19 and your parent or legal guardian is not participating on course with you, you must complete our AST1 Informed Consent with your legal guardian pre-trip to participate. Please be in touch with any questions.
These items are available as an add on “avalanche kit” when you book, or by request for $15/day.
- Avalanche Transceiver (must be a modern, digital three-antenna)
- Shovel: Collapsible aluminum shovel
- Probe: Normal length probe somewhere from 220cm to 320cm
- Snowshoes + ski poles with big baskets
- Warm boots to hike (Sorrels or hiking boots with gaiters)
- Day pack (30 - 40L, or whatever will fit your gear)
- Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
- Lightweight, breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)
- Insulated jacket (synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)
- Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning
- Warm gloves
- Warm hat
- Balaclava or another type of neck warmer
- Base layers (top and bottom)
- Lunch and snacks (prepared ahead of time and consumable on the go)
- Sun hat
- Ski strap
- Personal first aid (e.g. blister kit, medication)
- Notebook and pencil (Rite in the Rain recommended)
Graeme was an amazing instructor. His wisdom and experience are hugely beneficial. I'm learned a lot with this course.
I was over the moon with this course. I took it 10+ years ago (with IAG as well) and feel like I got so much out of doing it again and am so glad that we did it. I wanted to say that Bryn did a really awesome job on the Saturday. Please pass that on to him, he was engaging and really knowledgable, and also brought a human aspect. The field day with Bill felt like a real honour to be learning from someone with so much experience and such a snow nerd that was very good at explaining things in a way that I feel like can be applied. Being able to actually go through and see terrain really helped give me more context and lots to think about. In short it was all great.
Jillian, Mt Washington
Zoom session was very engaging. Bryn is an excellent instructor and the personal stories really helped deliver the message. For the field day Bill was great! Very positive attitude and patient with the questions that our group had. Felt very safe out there with Bill!
Jon, Mt Washington
The online portion was very engaging. The instructor had an intuitive ability to deliver the content in a way that kept my attention for the entire day. On both days the use of subject matter experts and instructors who are genuine in their interest is priceless. On the second day Jan was able to perfectly "throttle" his extreme level of expertise and skill to apply to our beginner level group and allowed me to take away a lot of valuable information without being overwhelmed.
Dave, Mount Washington