Avalanche skills training (AST) - Level 1

Learn from the Sea to Sky's leading avalanche skills educator.

Learn from the Sea to Sky’s leading avalanche skills educator. Receive the latest Avalanche Skills Training (AST) safety and rescue skills with our expert instruction. Our AST instructors are highly skilled and are constantly upgrading their knowledge so you receive the best and most up-to-date skills and tips to keep you safe as you explore the backcountry.

Keep building your avalanche skills with our progression of courses. Start with an Intro to Backcountry tours are available to get comfortable with your gear and moving through ungroomed snow.

AST Level 1 Courses

Nov - Apr

Introduction to Backcountry

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

There is no better place in the world to learn backcountry skiing than Whistler and our guides will ensure you have an enjoyable and educational day.

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Nov - Apr

Women's INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

There is no better place in the world to learn backcountry skiing than Whistler and our guides will ensure you have an enjoyable and educational day.

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Nov - Apr

AST 1 Whistler

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

Course design and refinement by IMFGA / ACMG Mountain Guides / CAA Operations Level II Professionals of extensive experience.

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Nov - Apr

Women's AST 1

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

THE WOMEN’S BACKCOUNTRY SERIES is a program designed to provide the wonderful women of Whistler with the knowledge, mentorship, and community support necessary to ski & splitboard safely in the backcountry.

Nov - Apr

AST 1 Squamish

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

Well regarded as the Sea to Sky’s leading avalanche skills educator, MSAA is now providing Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) Courses in Squamish, BC.

Nov - Apr

AST 1+ Whistler

Duration: 3 Days

Prerequisites: Good Fitness & Intermediate Skier

This 3-day AST 1+ Course will introduce you to avalanche rescue skills then an additional day to refine and further develop your decision-making.

Nov - Apr

BACKCOUNTRY SKI CLINICS

A clinic is not a course, it is building and refining skills so that they are applied in an efficient and effective manner, which then leads to a strong structured foundation for a safe, rewarding trip and rapid future progression.

Nov - Apr

Teen AST 1 Whistler

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

Well regarded as Whistler’s leading avalanche skills educator, MSAA is now providing an exceptional Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) Course for Teens aged 13 – 16.

Nov - Apr

Companion Rescue Clinic

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: AST 1

Participants will obtain the essential skills required to safely and effectively enjoy this amazing sport.

Nov - Apr

Women's COMPANION RESCUE SKILLS CLINIC

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

Spend the day with a guide who will teach you the most up-to-date Search and Rescue techniques to make you a more valuable member of your touring party.

Nov - Apr

Avalanche Skills Refresher

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: Average Fitness, AST 1

The AST 2 course consists of one classroom day and 3 days of extensive outdoor field sessions on the mountain focusing on terrain analysis, snowpack assessment and rescue skills.

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