AST 1(Avalanche Skills Training)

Originally published at: AST 1(Avalanche Skills Training) – Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island Section

This is an avalanche course for people with no or little avalanche experience. This course will be taught by a certified IAG(Island Alpine Guide) Instructor.


Students will learn to understand the formation of avalanches, to recognize avalanche terrain, understand how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins, to plan backcountry trips and to enact critical avalanche rescue skills.


To register for this course, you should be a strong intermediate skier in natural conditions. You will need a touring set up, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe(these items are available for rent). Please ensure you are familiar with how your equipment works, as well as the limitations.


Location: Mt Washington


Date: Feb 12-13


Required gear: Be prepared for any kind weather and a full day outside. You will need food, water, a hardshell jacket, extra layers, gloves, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, notebook.


Cost: $270 plus $26 for a Mt Washington lift ticket.


Contact: Please email Iain Sou at with your name and ACC member number to register for courses.