Courses vary depending on the backcountry environment you are going into and the type of activities. This could range from a simple day outing on snowshoes to understanding avalanches and how to survive in the backcountry.
The AST 1 & 2 courses are provided through Avalanche Canada certification and curriculum. If you are planning a winter camp out or starting to venture into the back-country there is a course for you.
Our Basic Winter Travel and Survival Course is also designed for school groups and part of the Youth Program in which we build the foundations for teamwork, safety, and knowledge into the outdoor world.
Winter travel, Snow Shelters, and More
The Basic Winter Travel and Survival course is designed for those that are going out in the winter environment in remote areas.
The training is for personal safety and knowledge of the environment and how to prepare, travel, and survive in the winter environments.
The course is designed for those that are out snowshoeing, skiing/boarding, and overnight camping.
Avalanche Safety, Awareness, and Rescue
This is the course where you’ll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue.
An AST 1 is a minimum of two days with both classroom and field components. You need to take this course first and so should your friends because just one person trained in a group is not enough.
Everyone in your group should take an AST 1. Recognize an AST 1 course is only the beginning – the avalanche pros will tell you avalanche training is a lifelong process.
Complex Terrain and Companion Rescue
TAn AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain.
An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field.