Subsidized AST Level 1 Courses for Bow Valley Residents Available Now


Subsidized AST Level 1 Courses Now Available $150.00 + GST !  For Bow Valley Residents Only *Some Restrictions Apply


From now until December 30th, those working and living in the Bow Valley between the ages of 16-30 can sign up for our AST Level 1 Courses, taking advantage of a $75.00 subsidy available to you through our Cloud Nine Community Fund. For many who live and work in the valley, and spend time playing in the mountains in winter, we understand that the proper training required to access the backcountry can sometimes be cost prohibitive. This subsidy program is here to make access to essential backcountry education more accessible to those in our community who really need it.


What sets us and our AST Courses apart?


Our Guides & Instructors:

Our AST Instructor Team is comprised primairly of Guides who have worked extensively in the Heli and Cat Ski Industries and hold certification as IFMGA Mountain Guides or ACMG Ski Guides. The vast majority are also Professional Members of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Certifications well over and above the baseline required to provide and instruct the AST Level 1.


Class Sizes:

For Day 1 of this course, we limit class sizes to 16 students. This means we may run multiple classrooms on the same day but your group sizes will remain in check ensuring you're able to ask questions freely and openly interact with your class and instructor.

On Day 2, your field day, class sizes are limited to 8 students per instructor, further enhancing your ability to interact with a small group and your Guide as you talk terrain, learn how to dig a snow profile, begin to perform basic snow stability tests and lay the foundation for managing risk levels while traveling in avalanche terrain.


* This Program is available to all Bow Valley Residents between the ages of 16-30, who live, work and play from homes in Canmore & Banff. Proof of residency required. Course includes use of our Companion Rescue Equipment (Avalanche Beacon, Probe, Shovel)


Winter 2018/2019 Bow Valley Course Dates Upcoming:


November 24-25, 2018
December 1-2, 2018
December 8-9, 2018
December 12-13, 2018
December 15-16, 2018
December 29-30, 2018
January 5-6, 2019
January 19-20, 2019
February 9-10, 2019
March 9-10, 2019


Want more information? Talk to one of our Guides; email us at: or call +1 (403) 707-5877. 


Ready to Book Now? Check out the AST Level 1 Page or Book Here and apply the promo code AST-COMMUNITYHOOKUP  at checkout to get your subsidized booking.


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