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Avalanche Skills Training in Whistler, BC - AST Level 1

For Skiers and Snowboarders 

This 2.5 day course, specifically designed for skiers and snowboarders, involves a mix of theory and practical skills to teach you basic safety knowledge for winter backcountry travel. Our curriculum has been developed over years of teaching avalanche safety, using best practices for education and skills training, with experienced instructors. Our course exceeds the minimum instruction time recommended by the Canadian Avalanche Centre, therefore offers great value to each student. The course is the starting point in avalanche education for recreational users of avalanche terrain and is the most comprehensive AST 1 course available in the Whistler area. Enjoy some fresh turns while learning about:

  • formation and nature of avalanches
  • avalanche terrain recognition
  • factors affecting snow-pack
  • route finding
  • safety equipment usage
  • self rescue
  • snow-pack observation and assessment

Participants must be at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder. If you are unsure of your ability, please contact us for more information.

For more information on our booking policies and procedures check out our Registration Information page.


Courses are offered every weekend plus mid-week courses from late Nov to mid April.

 Apr. 18-20, 2014

 Apr. 25-27, 2014 



An additional $6.25 per person will be collected as a financial contribution to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).  Introduced this year as mandatory to all those offering AST programs, it is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the CAC to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.


Price are subject to tax


Receive 10% off any additional ski/snowboard program in the 2013 / 2014 season upon completion of the course. (excluding private guiding)

For information on our registration and cancellation policies and procedures check out our Registration Information page.


  • Instruction by professional Avalanche Safety Educators and CAA Active or Professional Members
  • Whistler Alpine Guides & CAA developed program content compiled over years of teaching avalanche skills training courses
  • Course manual designed exclusively for Avalanche Safety Training Courses
  • "Avaluator" booklet for decision-making support
  • Handout package designed by Whistler Alpine Guides 
  • Industry recognized certificate of completion
  • Preferred pricing on rental equipment if required

*Note: please be sure to keep a copy of your course completion certificate as it may be required for proof in future CAA courses. WAGB will charge a fee for reprinting lost or misplaced certificates.


Backcountry adjacent to Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas
Maximum 8:1 student to instructor

The course schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (theory)
  • Day 2: 8am - 6pm (field & theory)
  • Day 3: 8am - 5pm (field & theory & debrief)


Participants are responsible to provide their own equipment. Required equipment is available for purchase through our office or available for rent at a discounted rate to registrants. Purchased or rented equipment must be picked up a minimum of 2 hours before the course theory session begins. If this is not possible please discuss other options with our office in advance. Click here for backcountry equipmental rental price list.


Participants are responsible for their own lift access on each field day.  For those without a season's pass, backcountry lift tickets are available for $53 + tax.


Participants are to provide their own food and water for the course days. 

Suggested Prerequisites: 

Strong intermediate skier/snowboarder ability level - comfortable and confident on blue runs in a variety of snow conditions.

No backcountry touring experience is required.

Equipment List:

Please consult the following for information on recommended and provided equipment:

Avalanche Skills Training Level I Equipment List