I do my best to make learning about avalanche safety engaging and enjoyable, while trying to get some nice turns in along the way. In the words of Avalanche Canada......

"The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course curriculum has been developed by the Canadian Avalanche Centre. It will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with basic training and little experience."

Please click here for more information from Avalanche Canada about AST courses.



Day 1 meeting time is 9am at the Ramada Hotel, Revelstoke. The first day will be classroom based, where I will go through all the theory required to get the most out of our second day in the field. We will be finished at 4pm.

Day 2 we will meet at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre at 8am (or an alternate location nearby if conditions require), ready to spend the day in the field. The second day we will apply the theory learnt the previous day, focusing on the following skills:


AST 1, Rogers Pass, BC

  • Terrain assessment
  • Appropriate backcountry travel techniques
  • Snowpack observations
  • Efficient use of avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels
  • Avalanche rescue scenarios

After the course close we should be finished by 3:30pm at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. However, unexpected things can happen in the mountains, so best not to schedule work at 4:15pm.

I have a maximum ratio of 8:1 for AST Level 1 courses, with minimum “black run” ski/snowboard ability, to ensure your learning is maximized.


Day 1 is classroom based. Bring a pen, notebook and lunch.

Day 2 will be a full day in the field. Each person will need the following:

  • Skis or splitboard with touring bindings and skins that fit. (Snowshoes are not permitted because they will limit the amount of terrain we can cover).
  • Ski/snowboard poles
  • Ski/snowboard boots compatible with your setup.
  • Digital Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (must be collapsible)
  • Daypack (~30L).
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water or thermos bottle (recommend 1-1.5L)
  • Headlamp
  • Personal 1st aid kit (blisters, band-aid’s etc.)
  • Warm and weatherproof clothing for moderate periods of inactivity in the mountains.
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses

If you need to rent equipment, Powder Rentals in Revelstoke have shovels, probes, transceivers, touring skis with skins, splitboards with skins, poles and boots. They offer a 10% discount to course participants. You can call them at 250-814 4POW (4769) or visit their website.

If you have any questions regarding equipment please contact me.


I ask that participants are confident skiing/riding advanced terrain at a typical ski area (eg. Black Diamond runs at RMR, Whistler, Kicking Horse). This will allow us to safely access more interesting terrain in early season conditions to maximize learning opportunities. If you are unsure of your ability please contact me.

Dates and Prices

AST Level 1 course dates for winter 2019/2020

  • November   27-28th       2019              $279 + GST FULL
  • December    10-11th       2019              $279 + GST FULL
  • December    16-17th       2019              $279 + GST

Please make sure you have read through my booking conditions before making a payment. Email money transfers are my preferred method of payment (please don't forget to ad 5% GST), otherwise please use the button below.

If you have a group of 6-8 people and the above dates don’t work for you, please contact me and I will do my best to schedule an additional course.

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