Intro Ski Touring and AST Level 1 (Avalanche Safety Training) – Coquihalla

Looking to get into backcountry skiing or split-boarding this season? Or maybe you’ve already got a few trips under your belt and want to further develop your skills. This is THE course for you.

The course combines our popular introduction to ski touring and AST 1 certification. The AST 1 component is based on the world leading curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. Through out the course we focus on practical application of AST course content for ski touring. Our goal is to set you up with a solid foundation of avalanche knowledge, tools, and the ability to pull it all together make make smart decisions in the backcountry!

Who’s it for?

  • New backcountry skiers and splitboarders (No prior touring experience is required)
  • Must be able to confidently ski or ride a blue run inbounds in ALL CONDITIONS
  • Fitness for up to 2-3 hours of travel per day

What you’ll learn:

AST 1 Component:

  • Avalanche theory
  • Companion Rescue
  • Human Factors
  • Terrain Identification
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings
  • Snowpack Analysis

Ski Touring Component:

  • Equipment Selection and Usage
  • Trip planning
  • Safe Terrain Usage
  • Efficient Uphill Track Setting
  • Modern Navigation
  • 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: 7-9PM on evening before field day (Attendance Mandatory)
  • Field Day 1 AST 1: 8AM – 4PM Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area
  • Field Day 2 Ski Touring: 8AM – 4PM Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area

Important: You will be required to sign a paper waiver at the commencement of the course.

Scheduled Courses – 2024 Season


Jan 20-21, 2024 (Saturday & Sunday) $315 CAD Book Now

Private courses available on request. Contact us at for more information.

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 0.5

  • 2 hour online training
  • Complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to Day 1 of course

Day 1

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day: Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area

Day 2

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day: Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area

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
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