Avalanche Skills Training

Join Mark Klassen or another experienced instructor to learn about avalanche safety. Our courses use the Avalanche Canada curriculum and are based in Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. These programmes are designed for skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers.

A skier triggered slab avalanche

Avalanche Skills Training 1

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.

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

AST 1 DATES, Location and pricing

Date: December 7 & 8, 2019

Location: Banff and Lake louise, Canadian Rockies

Price: $220 Plus 5% tax

Price includes Avaluator decision-making aid and textbook.

This course is run by the Town of Banff Recreation Programmes. Clicking the booking link below will take you to the Town of Banff registration system.

Private bookings

Instructors may be available for private bookings. The course is 2 days long. Please inquire as to availability and pricing.