Learn the basics of snow safety.

An intro to Winter backcountry travel. If you have been eyeing up the untouched terrain that lays beyond of the in-bounds signs, and you are looking for the next adventure, then this course is your first step. You will spend an evening in the classroom learning about how the Avalanche Canada bulletin works, followed by two full days in the field going over route selection, snowpack assessment, and understanding the use of avalanche safety tools. Students will leave this course with an understanding of some of the risks associated with big mountain terrain in the winter, and you will have the tools to help make educated choices when deciding what conditions and terrain are safe to ski, ride or snowshoe. 

***Due to COVID-19, all classroom components need to be completed in advance on a virtual training platform. Your instructor will be in touch with you and will send you the appropriate links and resources to complete this portion of the course.***

Guide : guest

1 : 8


2 days

Gear required

Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
Skis, splitboard or snowshoes
Waterproof gloves
Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Base layers
Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
30-40Lday pack
Water bottle

Fitness requirement

Basic level of hiking/ skiing


The field portion of this course will occur in the local Fraser Valley backcountry.


The classroom training will have to be completed individually via virtual training prior to the course dates. The field days will start at 9am and run until 5pm.


No previous avalanche experience is required. In order to enable your learning experience, you must participate in this course on skis, splitboard or snowshoes.



Upcoming courses

We get it, you're excited, so are we!

But, we're still updating our courses and trips for Winter 2020/2021.

At this point, we have only opened up AST 1 and AST 2 courses. Keep checking back as we update more and more stoke-fueling adventure.

- The Ascent team