Avalanche Skills Training (AST)

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.

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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) - Whistler

Per Person: $279

Private (up to 6 People): $1399

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

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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) - Whistler

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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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) - Squamish

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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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) Snowshoe - Whistler

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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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) Snowshoe - Squamish

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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Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST 2) - Whistler

Ability: Intermediate

Duration: 4 Days

Fitness: Good

Prerequisites: AST1 & strong 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

Ability: Introductory

Duration: 1 Day

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: AST 1 & Strong Ski/Board Level

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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