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 $35.00.

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: Golden BC, Class room day starts at 8:00, finishes at 5:00 at the Kicking Horse Lodge
Field day we meet early at one of a few options, Kicking Horse ski hill, Rogers Pass or Lake Louise. Where we go depends on weather, convenience for students and road conditions.

Dates 2022
Jan 15-16, 22-23. Golden BC.

We offer privet courses for small groups of up to 8 students on your preferred dates.
To book a course email us at or call Mark at 250 344 0959

Cost: $250.00 per person.

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.


Gear List: 
Easy and not far from the road, backcountry skis or snow shoes for field day.
Early November through to late March

Cost: $250.00 per person.
Email or call any time to book your course this winter.