Avalanche Skills Training

Learn the latest avalanche safety and rescue skills with our expert course 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.

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HOW TO BOOK

• Choose a Course date that’s best for you.

• Gear up! If you already have the gear that’s great…..if not you can rent everything from Escape Route. Don’t forget you get 15% off rentals if you book a tour with MSAA!

• Book yourself onto a Course using our online booking system!

• Book a Private Course and we can work around your plans.

Did you know we also run many different courses! Check out our Courses page for more details!

AST 1 - Whistler

$279 per person

Ability: Introductory

Duration: 2 Days

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: Strong Ski/Board Level

Well regarded as the areas leading avalanche skills educator, MSAA provides an exceptional Level 1 Avalanche Skills Training Course.

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AST 1 - Vancouver

$269 per person

Ability: Introductory

Duration: 2 Days

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: Strong Ski/Board Level

Student’s can expect a concise and effective course that will definitely establish the requisite foundation and develop the critical skills necessary for safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain.

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AST 1 Snowshoe - Whistler

$279 per person

Ability: Introductory

Duration: 2 Days

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: None

One theory day in the classroom introduces you to the course content and one field day outdoors lets you practice hands-on.

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AST 1 Snowshoe - Vancouver

$269 per person

Ability: Introductory

Duration: 2 Days

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed for climbers with previous basic outdoor or indoor climbing experience who wish to learn the complete set of multi-pitch rock climbing skills and advanced technique.

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AST 2

$599 per person

Ability: Intermediate

Duration: 4 Days

Fitness: Good

Prerequisites: AST1 & touring experience

Learn how to formulate a logical, concise and dependable safety plan for backcountry skiing or splitboarding.

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Avalanche Skills Refresher

$159 per person

Ability: Intermediate

Duration: 1 Day

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: AST1

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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