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Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST1) Course

Student to Guide Ratio — 8:1

Sat, Dec 08/18 - Sun, Dec 09/18 (2 days)

225 / Person
Canmore, AB

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Avalanche Skills Training 1(AST1) teaches you how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. It is designed for skiiers, snowboarders, climber or scramblers who want to travel in the backcountry around snow. This course is the beginning of your avalanche and snowpack education. To be a safe backcountry user, it is important to gain and master these skills. PeakStratagem is an approved avalanche skills training course provider for Avalanche Canada.

Expect to Learn

At PeakStratagem our mission is to teach you the skills to be competent, confident and independent in the backcountry. Our detailed curriculums break down complex skill sets into individual building blocks for progressive learning. After learning the building blocks, you will practice the skill sets with your course team while being coached by our guides.

PeakStratagem’s standard Avalanche Skills Training 1 consists of a classroom day and a field day. During the classroom day, we introduce the theory behind the snowpack, terrain and conditions that create avalanches, concepts for route planning and safe travel, public resources, and personal protective equipment for travelling in avalanche terrain.


Develop snowpack, terrain and weather awareness to make informed decisions about travelling safely in avalanche terrain.


Confident identifying avalanche terrain and using the avalanche terrain exposure scale (ATES).
Confident using companion rescue equipment.
Comfortable identifying inputs that cause avalanches.
Comfortable interpreting the public avalanche bulletin.
Comfortable using the Avaluator 2.0 as a decision making tool.
Understand how to conduct terrain analysis using Google Earth and route photos.
Understand Peak Planning ProcedureTM and debriefing.
Understand identifying and locating persistent weak layers in snowpack structure.
Understand how the inputs that cause avalanches change the snowpack throughout the season.


Comfortable skiing/snowboarding intermediate(blue) terrain at a ski resort if participating on skis / splitboard.

No prerequisites for participation on snowshoes.

*Prerequisites are recommended for an optimum learning opportunity.
If you have questions about how your experience relates to the prerequisites,
please contact us at info@peakstratagem.com

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