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Avalanche Skills Training 1

Learn to recognize avalanche terrain, understand safe travel practices and be taught companion rescue. AST 1 is essential for skiers, snowshoers, climbers and sledders, and is the first 2 days of 6 when combined with AST 2. It follows Avalanche Canada's curriculum and is taught by certified instructors. Courses start with either a full day or 2 evenings of classroom theory, followed by a field day at Fortress Mountain. Prerequisite: no previous backcountry experience is necessary and you can choose to use snowshoes, backcountry skis or splitboards. Includes: Canadian Avalanche Association certified instructor, AVCAN AST 1 certificate, course materials, use of transceivers, shovels and probes. Book the optional $26 van transportation here.

Van Transport for AST 1 courses

Van Transportation for to Fortress Mountain for AST 1 courses

Avalanche Skills Training 2

AST 2 is for skiers and riders who have taken a basic avalanche awareness course, are comfortable in the backcountry, and want to further their mountain winter training. The first day covers advanced avalanche related concepts, and the next 3 days will focus on decision-making in the field, with evening theory sessions. This course follows Avalanche Canada's curriculum and is taught by certified instructors. 19+ years and up (or 16+ if accompanied by a parent). Prerequisite: AST 1 or equivalent, good physical condition and able to ski/ride safely under all snow conditions. Includes: ACMG guide, AVCAN AST 2 certificate, use of transceivers, shovels and probes.