Avalanche Skills Training 1

All of my avalanche programs are based on the Avalanche Canada curriculum. I focus on decision making and reducing risk by using the terrain.

In the past 30 years I have gained a broad range of experience in the avalanche industry, including work as an avalanche forecaster, heli-ski and ski touring guide, and as an avalanche educator. I have been teaching avalanche courses since 1994. 

I got a lot out of the AST course and I think my boys did as well. I can see now that backcountry skiing should involve continuous learning and we hopefully have a good base to embark on that journey. Mark is a great guide and instructor. My older son in particular benefits from having a mountain guide as a mentor / instructor as he aspires to much of the same adventure in the alpine on rock, snow and ice as Mark has spent a career chasing.
— Michael, AST 1 participant

Avalanche Skills Training 1

A skier triggered slab avalanche

The AST 1 will provide an entry-level decision-making framework. We focus on understanding avalanche bulletins, making good observations in the field, and recognizing avalanche terrain. 

It is a course for those who have little experience in winter backcountry travel. It may also be a good overview for people who have some experience but no formal training.

This course requires an intermediate level skiing or snowboarding ability. If you can get down a blue run at the ski hill you are ready to take learn about avalanches! You will also need to have some basic backcountry travel skills, such as using touring skis and skins on an easy ski tour.


Available for private bookings (2 days)


Price varies depending on group size. Includes Avaluator, textbook and use of safety equipment if required.