Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 (AST-1)  Course

Snowmobile Specific AST-1, designed by snowmobilers for snowmobilers. This course is designed to meet the unique needs of the sledding community. AST-1 course consists of two full days of avalanche safety instruction, we combine engaging classroom time, along with practical field-based learning in a backcountry environment. We specifically look at avalanche terrain as it applies to snowmobiling, as well as realistic rescue scenarios to get you prepared for the back country. This combo allows us to deliver a solid sled specific Avalanche Safety Training course, with our AST-1 exceeding the minimum requirements set by the CAA for AST-1 courses.

This AST-1 course is based on the Canada Avalanche course’s decision making frame work. At the end of the course you will be ready for more advance avalanche training. .


The Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 course provides snowmobile specific hands on training.

  • Avalanche formation and release
  • Identify avalanche terrain
  • The basics of trip planning
  • Optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • Companion rescue skills
Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 (AST 1)
$300 +gst
2 day course
Hands-on training


Day 1:

Start: 9:00am (Meet at 8:30am)

The classroom session:

Features videos and a powerpoint presentation where you will learn about:

  • Avalanche types & formation
  • Terrain negotiation
  • Terrain traps
  • Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • Route finding
  • Information gathering


  • Terrain ratings
  • Using the Avaluator
  • Trip planning


The outdoor session:

  • Introduction to transceiver training
  • Safe riding habits
  • Terrain assessment
  • Snow profile & stability tests
  • Introduction to companion rescue
  • Open discussion

End: 4:30pm

Day 2:

Start: 8:30am (Meet in field location parking lot)

The field session features hands on training including:

  • Terrain features
  • Using the Avaluator
  • Route finding
  • Safe group travel
  • Transceiver, probe & shovel training
  • Snow profile & stability tests
  • Companion rescue scenarios

More on avalanche safety here…

National Avalanche Center


Ortovox Avalanche Safety Academy


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