Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides AST 1 course is an avalanche safety course that is licensed by Avalanche Canada. CanRock runs these AST courses based out of Canmore and many of our course participants are from Calgary. Our AST courses are delivered by fully certified ACMG Mountain & Ski Guides.
Your instructor is also a CAA Professional member with 20 years of mountain guiding and avalanche forecasting experience.
We distinguish ourselves from our competitors by providing courses with low 6:1 ratios. This gives our course a small group atmosphere and high quality instruction.
Is this course too simple for you? Try our AST 2 course designed for more experienced backcountry users.
Any fit skier or snowboarder capable of backcountry travel. It is required that you can skin up and ride down competently.
Banff National Park or Kananaskis Country based program. We will choose a venue appropriate based on weather and snowpack conditions.
2 Days. Day 1 of online learning from the comfort of your own home and Day 2 in the field (Saturday or Sunday).
You will need either ski touring equipment, snowshoes or a split board set-up.
This includes touring boots, skis or split-board with proper touring bindings, skins and poles which can collapse and attach to a pack for split boarders and snowshoer.
You will also need a backpack that is designed for winter ski or snowboard touring as well.
If you have your own avalanche companion rescue equipment, then bring that with you but the rental of this equipment is included in the cost if you don’t have it yet.
*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
Backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice climbing are mountains sports that force you to become exposed to avalanche terrain. All of these winter mountain sports have avalanche hazards that need to be recognized and mitigated as best as possible.
Our AST courses use the most current curriculum from Avalanche Canada around the topics of snowpack morphology, avalanche initiation, backcountry decision making and avalanche companion rescue.
Our goal is to demystify the avalanche hazard by helping you to become more aware of your surroundings in winter mountain travel. We will show you how the avalanche hazard continuously evolves over time and space and how to minimize your exposure with some practical travel strategies.
You will also learn effective techniques in avalanche companion rescue. In event that you get involved in an avalanche, you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deal with an organized avalanche response. Your instruction will come from an experienced professional who has many years of experience.
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
Here is what we believe makes us stand out:
Highly Experienced and Certified: Your instructor is a highly experienced and fully certified ACMG Mountain Guide or Ski Guide. Your instructor is also a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association with years of public and industry avalanche forecasting.
Small Ratios: We are a small company dedicated to personalizing instruction. We are so passionate about quality that we offer smaller ratios of students to instructor’s 6:1. Many of our competitors do 8 students to 1 instructor in the field.