Avalanche

Avalanche Skills Training 1

This course follows the Avalanche Canada curriculum for Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1). This course is essential for anyone travelling in or around avalanche terrain in winter and is intended to be a first step toward safely managing backcountry travel. Avalanche Skills Training 1 is suitable for aspiring backcountry skiers and split boarders, snowshoe hikers, ice and alpine climbers, and snowmobile enthusiasts.

What you will learn:

• Avalanche formation and release
• Identifying avalanche terrain
• Trip-planning basics
• Optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
• Using appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
• Intro to companion rescue

Includes: ACMG-certified guide, Avalanche Canada AST a certificate, use of transceivers, shovels and probes.

Avalanche Skills Training 2

Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2) is for skiers and riders who have taken a basic avalanche awareness course, are comfortable in the backcountry, and want to further their mountain winter training.
The first day covers advanced avalanche-related concepts, and the next 3 days focus on decision-making in the field, with evening theory sessions.
This course follows Avalanche Canada's curriculum and is taught by certified instructors.
19+ years and up (or 16+ if accompanied by a parent).
Prerequisite: AST 1 or equivalent, good physical condition and able to ski/ride safely under all snow conditions.
Includes: ACMG-certified guide, Avalanche Canada AST 2 certificate, use of transceivers, shovels and probes.

Backcountry Bonus Tours

Add a Monday Bonus Tour to your introductory weekend. Join us for a guided ski tour focused on building travel and safety skills while enjoying great terrain. 
This is the perfect extra day to practice with our experienced guides following a weekend Avalanche Safety Training 1 or Introduction to Backcountry Skiing, but also great for those who want to continue to build beginner to intermediate backcountry skills before taking on larger objectives. Our guides will model and discuss good decision-making and share helpful tips to get the most out of your day.
Prerequisite: basic backcountry skiing or splitboarding skills and avalanche companion rescue training.

Private Instruction or Guiding

Many of our instructors and guides are available for individual lessons or private guided trips. We have the ability to customize an experience based on skillset and needs. If you have something specific in mind, email ocprograms@ucalgary.ca and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.