AST 1, Avalanche Skills Training

AST courses in Golden BC

If you venture into the backcountry for skiing, climbing or sledding you should seriously be considering the Level One Avalanche Safety Training course.

This formal education will greatly increase your winter safety awareness and provide skills that will last a lifetime.

No previous experience is required for this two day course. One full day in the class room followed buy a skills day in the field.

This course includes:
- 2 days AST-1 course instruction
- Avalanche Manual "Backcountry Avalanche Awareness"
- Avulator decision making tool
- Course certificate
- Classroom instruction
- Skills training in the field

You will need suitable clothing, lunch, transportation, ski touring gear or snow shoes for the field day.
You will also require avalanche transceiver, collapsible avalanche shovel, and a probe. Cirrus Alpine Guides can rent this package to you for $25.00.

Course Content
- avalanche formation and release
- identify avalanche terrain
- the basics of trip planning
- optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
- use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- introduction to companion rescue

Location: Class room day starts at 8:00, finishes at 5:00 at the Ramada Inn, 1311 12th Street North in Golden B.C.
Field day we meet early at one of a few options, Kicking Horse ski hill, Rogers Pass or Bow Summit. Where we go depends on weather, convenience for students and road conditions.

Dates 2018.
To book a course email us at or call Mark at 403 678 8567

We have held all of our pre booked courses this year but can still host a privet course with preferred dates for groups of any size. Call or email to let us know your dates.

Your Instructor:
Mark Stewart owner/operator of Cirrus Alpine Guides instructs all of our avalanche safety programs.

Mark is Mountain Guide and holds membership with the ACMG, IFMGA and the CAA. He has been teaching and developing avalanche safety programs since the mid nineties.

His background is specializing in Mountain and Ski Guiding as well as avalanche forecasting and control in industrial applications, risk management of roads, railways, mining operations and mechanized skiing operations.


Gear List: 
Easy and not far from the road, backcountry skis or snow shoes for field day.

Cost: $240.00 per person.
This year we are offering affordable privet AST 1 courses.
This way you will not need a course to fill in order for it to run.
Email or call any time to book your course this winter.

NumberPer Person
1 person$850.00
2 people$450.00
3 people$340.00
4 people$280.00
5 people$260.00