November 15, 2015

Avalanche Skills Training- AST#1

Backcountry safety is of utmost importance to get you and your crew in and out of the epic terrain available off resort.  Join Most Epic Adventures for an educational weekend at COE in Nordegg to get your AST1 certification April 25-27, 2013.

AST 1 is a snow safety program created by the Canadian Avalanche Association, designed to provide an introduction to many aspects of snow safety from avalanche terrain recognition to the intricate science of snow. It is a 2 day program and consists of a classroom day and a field day. All certification handed out by Custom Outdoor Experience for the AST 1 is recognized by the Canadian Avalanche Association and is pre-requisite for any further avalanche training.

Day 1 – Classroom day: The following topics will be covered:
Reducing the Risk, Avalanche Characteristics, Recognizing Avalanche Terrain, The Mountain Snowpack, Recognizing Avalanche Danger, Winter Backcountry Travel, Avalanche Search and Rescue Methods, Single and Multiple Beacon search methods.

Day 2 – Field day: The following topics will be covered and practiced:
Transceiver Practice, Weather Observations, Snow Study Plots, digging test pits, recording layering, tests for weaknesses, Avalanche Rescue Scenario, Course Closures and Certificates

Adventure includes:

  • Round trip transportation from Edmonton to Nordegg
  • AST#1 provided by ACMG guide
  • 2 nights accommodations at COE, Nordegg (hostel style rooms with common area & hot tub)
  • All snacks / meals:
    • Friday: dinner
    • Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack
    • Sunday: Breakfast, lunch, snack
  • $380 per person*

*Participants are required to bring their own beacon, probe, shovel, snowshoes (or touring skis / splitboard)  (available for rent from MEC)


Gear List

Mandatory Gear

  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Back Country Snow Shovel and Probe
  • Skis, Snowboard/Shoes
  • Skins for Skis or Splitboard
  • Poles
  • Boots and Gaiters
  • Long Underwear and Socks
  • Warm Shirt or Sweater
  • Windproof Jacket and Pants
  • Extra Sweater or Pull-over
  • Toque and Mitts or Gloves
  • Back Pack
  • Thermos and 1 litre Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses or Goggles
  • Toilet paper
  • Pocket Knife
  • Money and Personal Identification
  • Any Personal Medications
  • Pen and Paper
Optional Gear

  • Snow Saw
  • Cord for Rutschblocks
  • Clinometer
  • Crystal Screen
  • Ruler
  • Field Book and Pencil
  • Thermometer
  • Mini Tool
  • Duct Tape
  • Hay Wire and Cord
  • Needle and Thread
  • Camera and Film

For your stay at the COE:

  • Personal hygiene and shower gear
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • An Appetite

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