AST Level 1 (Avalanche Safety Training) – Whistler

Based on the world leading curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. This course is THE standard for anyone looking to venture into the backcountry. 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 comprised of: 4-6 hour online course at your own pace, an online meeting the night before your field day, and a full field day on the mountain 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(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


  • Online Course: 4-6 hour online avalanche theory course. Complete at your own pace during the week prior to field session.
  • Online Meeting: 7PM on evening before field day
  • Field Day: 8AM – 4PM Whister/Blackcomb


Whistler – Scheduled Courses – 2024 Season

Dec 2, 2023 to March 31, 2024 $275 CAD Weekend (Saturday) Book Now
Dec 2, 2023 to March 31, 2024 $225 CAD Midweek (Thursday) Book Now

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: AvalancheCanadaWaiver.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)
Whistler/Blackcomb Lift Ticket ($69)

Online Training

  • Online course – complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to field day
  • Online meeting with instructor and fellow students the evening prior to field day

Field Day

  • 07:30AM Morning Meeting
  • 8:30AM to 03:30PM Field Day: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry

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