Avalanche Skills Training

Taking an avalanche skills training course from experienced avalanche professionals is the best way to learn about avalanche safety and safe backcountry travel techniques.

Courses are taught by Professional Members of the Canadian Avalanche Association, in conjunction with the latest teaching standards and rescue techniques that are improved upon yearly.

The AST 1 involves 1/2 day in a classroom, 1/2 in the snow working with transceivers, and a full day in the backcountry adjacent to Kicking Horse resort.  If the group chooses to stay within the boundary, a quality learning day can be conducted in this way as well.  The course content covers avalanche self rescue, recognizing avalanche terrain, observation of layering within the snowpack, safe backcountry travel techniques, interpreting the CAA avalanche bulletin, and trip planning.  The curriculum has been developed by the Canadian Avalanche Association, and the course is a prerequisite for all those wishing to gain further training in the avalanche industry.  The maximum instructor to student ratio is 1 to 6.

All participants are required to have an avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel for the duration of the course. You will also need to have either snowshoes or a ski touring set-up.  If you do not have the equipment we can help arrange rentals for you with local providers.

Start your safe backcountry travel practices with this important information as a foundation.                      COST PER PERSON - $260 + TAX


AST 2 students are required to have already completed the AST 1.  This second course takes the knowledge from the classroom into mountains, and is in large part focused on route finding and safe travel (not to mention skiing untracked snow!)  

The following weekends are our course dates for the AST 2 with Ian Kirschner as the instructor.  Course location is based out of Golden, BC.  

- January Course;  Jan 14/15 and 21/22

- February Course;  Feb 18 -21

- March Course;  Mar 9 - 12                                                 COST PER PERSON - $650 + TAX

Snowmobile Avalanche Courses 

C Pow avalanche course instructors also offer AST 1 courses to sledders.  Course curriculum is much the same as above, with the field day being held in one of the abundant play areas within a short drive of Golden (Quartz Creek, Gorman Lake, Silent Pass, Hospital Creek).

Let us know when you want to take the course, and which area you'd like to spend the field day in, and we'll arrange it.