The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) is a two day course with a classroom and field component. Providing an entry-level decision making framework certified by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

 Avalanche Skills Training Course Certification

  • Level 1

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Certification


    • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release

    • Identify avalanche terrain

    • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip

    • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain

    • Perform a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training

    • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available

    • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated


     AST 1 $250 per person (tax included)


     All participants receive a Freeriding In Avalanche Terrain course manual,  the Avaluator tool and a course completion certificate.


     * Course dates are flexible; we can always shift a day or two either way to accommodate a groups availability.


    Course dates:


    Monday February17th &18th

    Friday February 21st & 22nd

    Wednesday February 26th &27th

    Monday March 3rd &4th

    Wednesday March 12th &13th

    Thursday March 20th & 21st

    Tuesday March 25th & 26th

    Saturday march 29th & 30th


    Courses will be available in February and March, let me know if you would like to book specific dates. (minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 8)


    Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.


    An additional $6.25 per person will be collected as a financial contribution to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).  Introduced this year as mandatory to all those offering AST programs, it is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the CAC to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.


  • Level 2

    Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Certification


    • Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely

    • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale

    • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings

    • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk

    • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions

    • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue

    • Understand the limits of your training


     The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.


     The AST level 2 will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and skills for better decision making in avalanche terrain. This 4-day program is the next logical step after completing the AST 1. Similar topics will be covered with more depth and emphasis on adapting personal exposure based on changing conditions & field observations. This course provides the highest level of recreational avalanche training. It is also a stepping stone for further CAA industry training programs.


    Cost: $650 (tax included + applicable hut fees)


     Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.


  • Refresher

    For students who have not taken avalanche training in awhile, consider doing the recently developed Companion Rescue course. This program is a one day field program which gives you opportunity to review and renew your skills, get information about new avalanche equipment, as well as discover updated probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.


    •  Consider and incorporate preventative measures

    •  Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche

    •  Understand the function of airbags

    •  Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills

    •  Apply search and rescue techniques

    •  Practice searching without a transceiver

    •  Consider multiple burial situations

    •  Organize a group rescue

    •  Identify post-incident considerations


    Cost: $100 (tax included)


    Location: Whistler Blackcomb area


    Dates: Available upon request


    Participants are responsible for their own lift access lunch, transceiver, probe, shovel and back country touring equipment each day.


 Avalanche Skills Training Instructor

Jennifer Godbout

 Jennifer Godbout is Canada's highest certified female snowboard guide. There is nowhere else she'd rather be than in the mountains, sharing her passion for the outdoors.



•  Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1

•  Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship Recipient

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 Mod 2

•  Canadian Avalanche Association Advanced Weather for Avalanche


•  Active Member of the CAA

•  Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Level C

•  Yamanska Mountain Skills & Outdoor Leadership Semester

•  Canadian Association Snowboard Instructors Level 2 & Freestyle Level 1

•  Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 1

•  Fluent in French and Spanish

•  Still writes in cursive

•  Makes her own bed daily

Required Equipment

•  Touring skis; split snowboard; or, snow shoes and snowboard. Alpine Trekker touring inserts for alpine skis are

     acceptable if you are experienced with them

•  Boots - touring boots appropriate to your bindings. Regular alpine boots may be fine as long as they are not a tight

     fitting race boot

•  Poles

•  Climbing skins for skis or split board

•  Day pack, approx 30-40 liters capacity suitable for carrying all required gear. Snowboarders must have a pack that

     can hold a snowboard for the ascents

•  Hard shell outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex

•  Outer shell pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring

•  Personal clothing layers that are adjustable and suitable for all conditions

•  Gaiters (unless your ski pants have built-in gaiters or snow-cuffs)

•  Gloves (extra pair)

•  Warm parka - down, fleece or pile

•  Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down

•  Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece

•  Sunglasses

•  Goggles

•  Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)

•  Water bottle/hydration system w/insulation - min. 1 liter

•   Lunch and snacks


For the Level 2 a snow science kit (thermometer, crystal screen and magnifying loupe) is also recommended for this course.



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