Canada's Leading Mountain School
Course AST 1 General Public
Duration 2 Days
Ability Introductory
Prerequisites None
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Location Canmore
Fitness Good Fitness
Course Cost $175

AST 1 (Avalanche Skills Training Level 1) General Public


This introductory avalanche course is designed for snowshoers, cross-country skiers and hikers of all ages who want to learn about avalanche rescue and safe travel in the backcountry. We believe that the avalanche safety insructional needs differ among varying activities.
Our two day industry-leading AST 1 course is an introduction to avalanche rescue skills and the principles of safe travel in the backcountry. After a day of class and a day in the field you will learn what gear you need and how to use it, how to read the terrain and conditions, and how to rescue a buried companion.

Designed by IFMGA/ACMG certified Mountain Guides/CAA Level II Professionals, our Avalanche Training is well regarded as the industry's premier AST 1 course.

Setting the standard since 1992

Course includes:

  • 2 day AST 1 Course with certified instructors
  • AST 1 Certificate
  • CAC Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book
  • CAC Avaluator 2 booklet and Avaluator 2 Slope Assessment Field Card
  • Companion Rescue Field Card
  • 30 minute Pre-Course Interactive Lesson and Video
  • Indoor day comfortable conference room
  • High End Power Point
  • Interactive modules
  • Animated slides
  • Video
  • Live online feeds
  • World Wide Web Resources
  • High resolution pictures
  • Student Handouts
  • Life-time free access to our online Avalanche Trip Planning Resource & Updates
  • Trip Planner Template
  • Use of Snow Study Kit with Thermometer, Crystal Screen and Loupe
  • Cool Stickers!


All students additionally receive life-time free access to our online Avalanche Trip Planning Resource & Updates

Don't take an AST 1 course with a group of skiers when you can go at your own pace and focus on your own needs with our industry-leading course AST 1 General Public.

This course complies with the Canadian Avalanche Association and after successful completion you will be awarded a certificate.


Why choose Mountain Skills Academy for AST 1?

  • Tailor-made course: Unlike many operations, we choose to run a separate AST 1 course for hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. We recognise that different groups enjoy the backcountry in diverse ways and therefore believe we can provide more relevant and enjoyable training by tailoring our courses specifically to the needs of a single group.
  • Professionalism: All our instructors are avalanche experts and are certified with either CAA Operations and/or are ACMG/IFMGA ski or mountain guides.
  • Low student to guide ratios: Our student to guide ratio is 8:1 - this ensures maximum safety and learning.
  • Comfort: The classroom day is taught in a comfortable conference room with all amenities.
  • Exceptional content: Our course structure and materials are state of the art, designed to be readily understood, interactive, informative and interesting.
  • Terrain: On the field day we choose a destination best suited to the current avalanche conditions and snow quality. We are not confined to just one place.

Those intending to backcountry ski or snowboard please refer to the AST 1 Skiers & Riders Course.

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