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(AST) Avalanche Skills Training

The Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST) is 2 day course that includes classroom and outdoor instruction covering: mountain snowpack, terrain, trip preparation,avalanche formation and rescue.

  • Curriculum, instructional materials and student handbooks provided by the Candadian Avalanche Centre.
  • Course content and materials developed by the CAC
  • See our short rescue video here: Can you dig
  • Another short digging video Strategic Shovelling


Course itinerary

DAY 1 - classroom and outdoors

We will meet 0900 the morning of the course at the Jasper Yellow head Museum unless you are otherwise informed! For the classroom day (In the room downstairs) Sessions will include: mountain snowpack, terrain, trip preparation, and avalanche formation. Pencil and paper are useful for taking notes. Bring clothes for being outside for an hour, and bring your Transceivers! Bring your questions and share your experiences!

The Course Cost includes an Avalanche Awareness Handbook and an "Avaluator" card.It will also include a diploma and summary of the course. (Sent later in the mail)

DAY 2 - field day

You will have to be an intermediate skier or snowboarder to go on the field day.

Though the terrain is quite straight forward, the fire road is down hill and you should be able to at least do a strong snow plow. Get a hold of us if you have any doubts. The second day will be spent in the Maligne Lake area, or at Parkers Ridge. We will be making observations, discussing route finding, snow pack stability evaluation, and rescue. We will organize this trip on the first day!

We will arrange transportation from Jasper for day 2.

Equipment list (These items are not provided, you must bring these!)

  • 457 HZ AVALANCE TRANSCEIVER (Talk to us if you are really desperate and we'll help you find one! No old transceivers will be used. No Dual frequency or old 2275hz Transceivers can be rented from Gravity Gear in Jasper 852-3155)
  • CLIMBING SKINS (essential for skiing !)
  • SKIS OR SNOWBOARD (adjust your bindings to fit your boots before the course, snowboarders should have split decision boards with climbing skins,or snowshoes for the approach)
  • Ski boots
  • Spare parts for bindings (cable, etc.)
  • Poles (snowboarders must have ski poles!)
  • Warm hat or toque
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Shirt and sweater
  • Spare sweater or down coat
  • Wind jacket or waterproof jacket
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Warm pants
  • Long underwear
  • Wind pants or waterproof pants
  • Gaiters
  • Pack
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Sun cream
  • Medications
  • Pocket knife
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • Lighter
  • Lunch
  • Headlamp
  • Headlamp spare bulb & battery (optional)
  • Compass (optional)
  • Altimeter (optional)
  • Map (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Wax kit
  • Wrench for boards
  • Snow kit with screen & magnifier (optional)

    Group equipment list (These items are provided, but bring your own if you have it!)

  • Route info or guidebook
  • First aid kit
  • Foam pad (optional)
  • Bivy sack (optional but useful)
  • Repair kit (tape, wire, cord, etc.)
  • Spare food

    The earlier you book and pay the better! These courses often fill up quickly so please register early! Please be aware scheduled classes are based on a minimum enrollment of 8 people. If you are already a group of 8 or more we can arrange special courses or dates

    Payment, transportation, and accomodation information