Avalanche skills training (AST)

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.

Avalanche Skills Training certification level 1 is commonly known as the AST 1 Course where you will begin to learn about the hazards around you. Our one day AST refresher course is great to keep your companion rescue skills sharp. Then the next course on your list should be AST 2 course. This level 2 avalanche course is where you really learn how to make good decisions.

Courses below…

Avalanche Skills Training Courses

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

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.

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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.

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Nov - Apr

Teen AST 1 Whistler

Duration: 2 Day

Prerequisites: None

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.

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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.

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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

AST 2 Whistler

Duration: 4 Days

Prerequisites: Good Fitness, Backcountry Experience & 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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Nov - Apr

Women's AST 2 Whistler

Duration: 4 Days

Prerequisites: See Course Page

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.

Nov - Apr

Hut Based AST 2

Duration: 4 Days

Prerequisites: Good Fitness, Backcountry Experience & AST 1 

Join us in one of BC’s most premier huts to take your backcountry skills to the next level! Our Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 course teaches managing and mitigating avalanche and mountain hazards.

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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.

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Nov - Apr

Avalanche Skills Refresher

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: Average Fitness, AST 1

This one day avalanche skills refresher course builds on the skills and concepts learned during AST 1 in a hands-on practical environment.

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Nov - Apr

AST 1 Snowshoe - Whistler

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness

This introductory avalanche skills course is designed for snowshoers, hikers, and ice climbers who want to develop the skills for safe travel in backcountry terrain where avalanche hazard exists.

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Nov - Apr

AST 1 Snowshoe - Squamish

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Average Fitness

Our two-day AST 1 course provides avalanche skills training which includes avalanche phenomenon, trip planning, the principles of safe travel in the backcountry avalanche rescue and much more.

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