Avalanche Skills Training AST 1

Course Details

Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides AST 1 Course is an Avalanche Course that is licensed by Avalanche Canada. Our AST courses are delivered by fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guides who are also CAA Professional members with years of avalanche forecasting experience. We distinguish ourselves from the competition by providing courses with lower ratios 6:1 which gives you a better value for your avalanche education.


Any fit skier/snowboarder rider who can safely move in backcountry terrain (up and down competently) already but needs to learn the process of identifying hazards in the backcountry to make better decisions and start to develop their mountain skills and sensibilities.


Canmore, AB based program but we will choose a venue appropriate based on weather and snowpack conditions


2 Days: 1 day in class and a second day in the field (Saturday and Sunday)

Course Costs

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*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts. *Additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accommodation not included. 6:1 Student to Instructor Ratio

avalanche skills training

Course Dates

November 16th & 17th 2019

Course Information

Backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice climbing are winter sports on the rise in popularity amongst outdoor people. All of these winter sports are a blast for different reasons but they share hazards which exist that need to be recognized, understood and then minimized as best as possible.

Our AST courses are designed to ensure that you are receiving the most contemporary curriculum from Avalanche Canada around the topics of snowpack morphology, avalanche initiation and backcountry decision making.

Our goal is to make the backcountry more approachable by helping you to become more aware of hazards, how the hazards can evolve while you are on your trip and how to minimize your exposure with some simple common sense decision-making tools.

You will also learn the most current and effective techniques in avalanche companion rescue; where in the unlikely event that things were to ever go wrong, you are equipped with the knowledge and hands on skill to deal with an organized avalanche response. You will receive instruction from a professional Mountain Guide who has real hands-on experience that will make you sharp and effective.

Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides (CRMG) is a small Avalanche Skills Training (AST) provider licensed by Avalanche Canada offering courses that set themselves apart from the competition.

Bold you say? Yes, but here is what makes us stand out:

Highly Experienced and Certified: Your instructor is a highly experienced and fully certified ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide & Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association with years of public and industry avalanche forecasting.

Ratios: We are a small company dedicated to personalizing everything we do. We are so passionate about this, we offer smaller ratios of students to instructor’s 6:1 in the field so that your learning style is properly addressed.

Real Backcountry: Most AST courses follow a prescribed script on the field day. We do it a bit different by going to backcountry areas that are less frequented by other people. Our goal is to challenge you and allow you to use the information you’ve gleaned from the day before in the classroom and make real onsite, pertinent observations based on grounded information that you have compiled the day before.


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