AST 1: Two-Evening Virtual Classroom and 1 Field Day


Nov 7, 1800-2100 MST (Webinar 1) + Nov 8, 1800-2100 MST (Webinar 2) + Nov 10 (Field Day)
Provided By Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

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Nov 7, 1800-2100 MST (Webinar 1) + Nov 9, 1800-2100 MST (Webinar 2) + Nov 10 (Field Day)
Provided By Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Join Yamunska Mountain Adventures for a webinar-based learning approach to the AST 1 classroom portion of the course. Over two webinar sessions, we will cover all the material that was traditionally covered during the classroom day. The webinar will have an interactive approach with break-out rooms and group sessions to bring you the most up-to-date curriculum that is being developed through Avalanche Canada.

If you would like to enhance your course experience, join us for an additional day of backcountry skiing following our Level 1 avalanche course.


3-Hour Zoom Webinar Session from 6 pm-9 pm MST will include two 15 minute breaks

  • Goals and objectives for the Course, backcountry risks, agenda review, waivers
  • Avalanche phenomena and the implications for us
  • Avalanche formation and avalanche safety
  • Characteristics of avalanches, triggers and
  • Avalanche Terrain Recognition
  • Introduction to the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • Mountain snowpack and snow metamorphism


3-Hour Zoom Webinar Session from 6 pm-9 pm(MST) will include two 15 minute breaks

  • Assessing and reducing avalanche risk
  • Accessing and utilizing the Avalanche Danger Scale and Public Avalanche Bulletins
  • Using the Avaluator™
  • Human factors and decision making
  • Safe travel and trip planning components
  • Companion Rescue
  • Avalanche transceivers
  • Discuss logistics for the Field Day


We typically meet at Bow Summit, on Highway 93, 40 km north of Lake Louise (on rare occasions we may head to selected areas of Kananaskis Country or Banff National Park). Your instructor will provide meeting details on the classroom day.

9:00 am(MST)

  • Meet, issue avalanche training gear and introduce additional field day instructors
  • Weather and public avalanche bulletin discussion
  • Avaluator™
  • Field observations (Wind, Precipitation, Temperature)
  • Transceivers and companion rescue practice
  • Managing and reducing risk in avalanche terrain
  • Route selection, track setting, and terrain recognition
  • Snow study profile, stability tests, and identifying layers of concern
  • Group rescue scenario – response and priorities

4:00 pm(MST)

  • Debrief
  • Next level avalanche training
  • AST 1 certificate presentation
  • End of course!

More information: Yamnuska Course