Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 - Ski / Snowboard - KELOWNA

From CAD $229.00
  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Kelowna, BC
  • Product code: AST1SKI

Feb 22nd - 23rd - Classroom on the 22nd, field day on the 23rd

March 7th - 8th - Classroom on the 7th, field day on the 8th


Need to know details:

  • Please note our booking system only shows the course start date on the drop down menu when going through the booking process
  • 2 day course – 1 day in the classroom & 1 day in the backcountry
  • Beginner course
  • Minimum amount of training required if you are headed into the backcountry
  • Stay Wild is an Avalanche Canada AST provider
  • Classroom: Located in Kelowna at the Coast Capri Hotel, Field day is located at Big White


What you will learn:

  • Avalanche formation & release
  • How to identify avalanche terrain
  • Basic trip planning
  • The ins & outs of the Avalanche Forecast
  • Human factors & tools to mitigate them
  • Tools & resources to mitigate avalanche risk
  • Safe travel techniques
  • Basic companion rescue
  • How to use transceiver, probe & shovel
  • How to dig a snow pit & perform a compression test


AST 1 will follow the curriculum provided by Avalanche Canada and will provide you with the knowledge necessary for you to further your education with Managing Avalanche Terrain,Companion RescueAST 2 or CAA Level 1 Avalanche Operations.

Check out our Shreducation Flow Chart to see where your training can take you! 



  • Comfortable skiing or snowboarding on blue & some black runs at the resort


Helpful but not required:

  • Skiers: practice putting skins on & taking them off, practice with bindings & go for a little stroll in a flat field or in your backyard to get the feel for your equipment
  •  Snowboarders: practice turning your snowboard into two planks & back to one, practice putting skins on, go for a stroll in a flat field or your backyard to get a feel for your board

*We do not have a ton of time on the field day to teach how to use equipment / how to tour. Check out our Learn to Walk Uphill Camp if you are interested in learning the need to know details when starting out!


Necessary equipment:

  • Transceiver (recommended 3 antenna)
  • Probe (recommended 3 meter)
  • Shovel
  • Helmet
  • Touring equipment (touring skis / or splitboard / or snowshoes, skins, poles)
  • Backpack
  • Lift ticket to Big White Ski Resort ($20 1 ride tickets are available)
  • Appropriate clothing for a day in the backcountry
  • Food
  • Helmet



$229 per person + GST

*Does NOT include lift ticket for the field day.


Course outline:

Day 1:

Classroom session - The Coast Hotel in Kelowna

9 am - 4 pm 
Please bring transceiver & boots for walking around outside

Day 2: 

Field Day - Big White Resort Backcountry 

$20 1 ride tickets are available

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Refund Policy: If cancelled within 14 days of the course / camp you will not receive a refund unless your spot can be filled. If cancelled before the 14 day mark you will be charged a $35 processing fee and receive a full refund minus $35. Please note that if the minimum number of people to run a course is not met the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.