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Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 - For interpretive guidesCourse List


AST1 for interpretive guides, 2 evenings online and 1 full day outside

Price: $240.00 + gst / Member Price: $220.00 + gst



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Course Details

Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? Then this course is a must for you and your friends.  AST 1 is the place to start to help you learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to recreate outdoors in winter.

What you will learn:

  • avalanche formation and release
  • how to identify avalanche terrain
  • the basics of trip planning
  • optimal use of tools and resources like avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
  • use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • intro to companion rescue

You will complete the course over Zoom and in the field. Be prepared for all types of mountain weather.

Course dates, times and location:

December 11; 6:30 - 9:00 pm MST

December 12; 6:30 - 9:00 pm

December 13; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (you must have a vehicle and parks pass for this portion of the course. The day will start somewhere between Lake Louise and Bow Peak - weather and snow conditions will be assessed the day before and a decision will be made during Dec 12 session).

online portion)

This course will be taught online through two evening sessions followed by one full day in the field.

Cost: Member rate = $220; Non-member rate = $240

The IGA is brining you an AST1 course that will be focused toward individuals working as Interpretive Winter guides and as a result, you will spend your time in this course with like-minded people.

You will need to come to the field day with a pair of snowshoes as well as all required avalanche safety equipment. More details will be sent to you in the registration email, once you have signed up and paid.

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy if you are planning to sign up for this course.

If you cancel three weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a full refund minus a $30 administration fee. If you cancel two weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a 50% refund minus a $30 administration fee. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice no refund will be issued.

This policy includes, but is not limited to; illness, work changes, injury, level of interest, feeling unprepared, transportation challenges, internet challenges, you slept in, incorrect scheduling, etc. Please keep all these reasons in mind when booking and paying for a course. Our ability to offer and run these courses depend on the number of registrants we have. A lot of time and finances go into planning and operating our programs. Knowing our participant numbers in advance and guaranteeing these numbers is essential to the operation of this member-based not for profit.

If the Interpretive Guides Association has to cancel a course due to low numbers, you will have the choice of being given a full refund or transferring your registration for another course.