AST 1 Course

Alpine Club of Canada SoAB Section - AST 1 Partner Courses


Welcome to the Cloud Nine Guides & SoAB Section Partner AST 1 Course! Please read on for information on the courses planned for this coming season, including pricing, itinerary, and booking information. Note - you will need to obtain a promo code from the SoAB Section Leadership to be eligible for SUBSIDIZED PRICING. You can enter this promo code at checkout during registration. Once your registration has been submitted, your section membership will be verified by our staff. The Promo Code is for the use of current SoAB Section Members only. Non Members who register using the Promo Code agree to be retroactivley charged for the subsidy amount. 


The AST 1 Course is a 2 Day Avalanche Education Course designed as an introductory look at how to approach your winter adventures in avalanche terrain. The goal of the program is to give students an entry level decision making framework that can be applied pre-trip and in the field to increase safety margins and maximize fun while starting to explore the winter backcountry environment on their own.


SoAB Section Members will learn how to access and interpret the Public Avalanche Bulletin, assess avalanche hazard, recognize avalanche terrain and give yourself the tools to come home safe and psyched at the end of your winter excursions in avalanche country. 


Curriculum on this course is standardized by the Avalanche Canada which we use as a baseline. Our students are often interested in freeride skiing & splitboarding as well as waterfall ice climbing and summer alpinism - our courses cater to each of these. Our AST 1 addresses each of these unique mountain sports, and the differences in our approach to avalanche terrain therein.


AST Course Instructors at Cloud Nine Guides are a group of Internationally Certified Mountain Guides (IFMGA & ACMG Certified Mountain & Ski Guides) as well as CAA Operations Level 2 Avalanche Forecasters. Many come from deep backgrounds in the Helicopter and Cat Ski Industries and have worked in avalanche terrain all over the world. Cloud Nine Guides Instructors also include Guides and Forecasters who contribute daily to the output of the Public Avalanche Bulletins provided by Parks Canada.



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Is The AST 1 Course For You? 


This course is an introductory course and open to anyone, kids and families included*. The first day is spent in the classroom learning the theory and mechanics of avalanche formation, while the second day is spent in the field. The goal of the field day is to travel only so far as to facilitate the groups educational goals. The goal is not to have a big travel day. Students should be prepared to travel up to 4km and not gain more than 300m in elevation on the field day. We will be traveling on either alpine touring skis, splitboards, and/or snowshoes. It is up to you which you arrive with for the course.