AST Level 1 (Avalanche Safety Training) – North Vancouver

COVID Update Nov 20, 2020: AST Courses are proceeding under the new Nov 19 Health Order for BC. BC Ski Guides Ltd. COVID procedures will be followed by all students and instructors on courses. AST Courses deemed an essential educational service by Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Officer for Interior Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer.

Based on the world leading curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. This 2 day (online/field) course is THE standard for anyone looking to venture into the backcountry on skis, snowboard, or snowshoes. This course will set you up with avalanche theory and the tools for making smart decisions in the backcountry. Learn the most up to date techniques in the industry for avalanche companion rescue.

The course is 2 days: 1 online at your own pace, and 1 full field day with your instructor. On the field day, we will review the online course content and then dive right into a full day of field based learning.

Who’s it for?

  • New backcountry skiers, split-boarders, or snowshoers (No prior backcountry experience is required)
  • Fitness for up to 2-3 hours of travel per day

What you’ll learn:

  • Avalanche Theory: formation and release
  • Companion Rescue
  • Avalanche Safety Technology: Airbags, Transceivers, Probes, Shovels
  • Human Factors
  • Terrain Identification
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings
  • Snowpack Analysis
  • Avaluator System
  • Understanding Public Avalanche Bulletins
  • Weather Tools


  • Day 1: Online avalanche theory course. Complete at your own pace during the week prior to the start of day 2.
  • Day 2: 8AM – 4PM Field day. North Vancouver: Mount Seymour Park.


Scheduled Courses – 2020/2021 Season

Mar 26 (FRI), 2021 $275 CAD/person

Important: You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of your course or guided trip. Please ensure you have read and understood the waiver prior to the course start date.

Avalanche Course Waiver: AvalancheCanadaWaiver2019.pdf

Small group size
CAA Instructor or ACMG Guide
“Backcountry Avalanche Awareness” Book
Avaluator V.2 Manual and decision making card
Course student handouts and reference materials
50% off refresher Companion Rescue Skills courses
Access to our guides and instructors for post course questions!
Avalanche Equipment (Available for rent from us)

Day 1

  • Online training
  • Complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to Day 2 of course

Day 2

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day: Seymour Provincial Park

You will need the following gear for your course, contact us if you need any recommendations:

  • Alpine touring boots, skis or split-board, poles, skins
  • Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
  • Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
  • Lunch, snacks, & water
  • Helmet is recommended
  • Ski googles
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Headlamp
  • Warm clothing and down jacket for lunch break
  • Goretex Jacket & Pants
  • Extra gloves and touque
  • Smartphone with GPS mapping program installed (Gaia recommended)
  • Basic first aid and blister kit
Avalanche Companion Rescue
transceiver check Ski Touring Cypress Park, BC
Compression Test performed by BC Parks Ranger, Coast Range Mountains, BC
Arcteryx Group AST-1 Mount Seymour
Avalanche Companion Rescue