Snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, search-and-rescue volunteers, and outdoor leaders. No previous avalanche training experience is required for the AST 1 course.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre “Avalanche Skills Training” (AST 1) course is a comprehensive program combining classroom instruction and 2 days of field activity, for a total of 19 hours of direct instruction.
The course focuses on understanding, recognizing & avoiding avalanche hazards. AST 1 will focus on terrain recognition, basic snow pack structure, weather, safe route finding & avalanche rescue techniques.
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Introductory classroom session - SOCIA Building, 895 Third Avenue, Hope, BC)
8:00 AM – Classroom session - SOCIA Building, 895 Third Avenue, Hope, BC
12:00 PM (approx.) - Depart for field-based activity at Allison Pass
5:00 PM – Back in Hope
9:00 AM – Meet at Coquihalla toll booth for field-based activity at
3:30 PM – Leave Coquihalla toll booth for home
$250 per person. Snowshoes are also available for $10.00 weekend rental.
Group discounts available - click on Register Now for details.
* 19 hrs of direct instruction
* 6:1 student / instructor ratio (maximum)
* All Manuals as required by the CAC, including the Avaluator
* Industry-recognized certificate of completion
* Use of safety equipment, including; shovel, probe, and transceiver
Brad has extensive experience traveling and working in the backcountry. He is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and currently works as the coordinator for the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide program at Thompson Rivers University. For over 20 years, Brad previously owned and operated Golden Alpine Holidays, a group of 3 backcountry lodges located in the Columbia Mountains. He is significantly involved in avalanche training, working both on the professional level courses for the CAA as well as the AST program for the CAC.
Friday and Saturday: SOCIA Building, 895 Third Avenue, Hope, BC
Sunday: Old Coquihalla Hwy toll booth
Participants must get to Hope with their own vehicles and travel to the field locations with their own vehicles (carpooling is encouraged). Field locations are accessible via paved highways.
* Lunch and high-energy snack food for Saturday and Sunday
* Water (at least 1 litre per person) for each day
* Skis or snowshoes for field activity (we can provide snowshoes if needed)
* Warm winter clothes
* If you have an iPhone, bring it and Brad will show you how to access public avalanche bulletins.
Mar 07, 2014