Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies
Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

2 days

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Learn the basics of avalanche safety in the beautiful Rockies

Avalanche safety is a must-have tenet of backcountry adventure and a critical step in keeping yourself and your adventure partners safe in the wintertime and shoulder season. The Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies tour is a practical chance to learn the basics of avalanche safety in one of the most beautiful mountain environments in the world.

This tour is the perfect start to a lifetime of mountain adventures! You’ll spend a day in the classroom in Calgary or Canmore, learning from an experienced instructor. On Day 2, you’ll head out into the mountains to continue to sharpen your skills in avalanche risk assessment, companion rescue practice, and snow study. Add an optional third day to go backcountry skiing, exercising your new knowledge in a real-world application. This is a must for snow-loving skiers, snowshoers, hikers, and more!

Highlights of the Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

Take an in-depth course on the basics of avalanche safety beginning in a classroom setting in Calgary or Canmore.
Learn how to keep yourself and your adventure friends safe in areas with avalanche risk.
Put your skills to the test on the second day, where you’ll head out into the field to sharpen your knowledge.
Add an optional extra day of backcountry skiing to demonstrate real-world mastery of your newfound skills.

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From $225USD
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Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies Itinerary

Day 1 Lecture Day in Canmore or Calgary

Your AST 1 course begins in either Canmore or Calgary depending on your booking. You’ll have an intro session with the group and then dive right into learning: avalanche phenomena and implications, avalanche formation, triggers, avalanche terrain recognition, the ATES scale, companion rescue, using transceivers, and more.

If these terms are alien to you, don’t worry- you’re about to learn the ropes.
Overnight Location: Not included in tour price
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Bow Summit Field Day

Show what you know out at Bow Summit today, where you’ll be issued training gear and begin to practice your field observations. Spend today honing what you learned yesterday in a natural environment, even practicing a group rescue scenario.
Overnight Location: Not included in tour price
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 3 Optional Backcountry Ski or Splitboard Day

Ready to show what you know? Add on an optional backcountry skiing or splitboarding day with the group to exercise your skills training on the mountain. Not only will this be perfect practice, but it’ll be wicked fun, too!
Overnight Location: Not included in tour price
Distance: None
Meals: None

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Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies Price and Dates

This guided skills training course is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Important notes:

  • This tour is available in Canmore/Banff and Calgary. While some dates have courses running in both destinations, some are in either Canmore or Calgary-only.
  • Note that you can book an optional third day for $195 USD per person

Prices below are per person:

Jan 22, 2022
Jan 23, 2022
From Canmore/Calgary
To Canmore/Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 25, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jan 29, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
From Calgary
To Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 05, 2022
Feb 06, 2022
From Canmore/Calgary
To Canmore/Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 12, 2022
Feb 13, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 19, 2022
Feb 20, 2022
From Calgary
To Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Feb 26, 2022
Feb 27, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 05, 2022
Mar 06, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 12, 2022
Mar 13, 2022
From Calgary
To Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 16, 2022
Mar 17, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 19, 2022
Mar 20, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Mar 26, 2022
Mar 27, 2022
From Calgary
To Calgary
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Apr 02, 2022
Apr 03, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Apr 09, 2022
Apr 10, 2022
From Canmore
To Canmore
USD$225
2 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

There are no included accommodations on this tour. You will be responsible for choosing and booking your own accommodations, although we are happy to lend a hand. Travellers taking this course can enjoy a discounted rate at Clique Hotels & resorts.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Accommodation in Canmore

Accommodation on this tour is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore, Calgary and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo-style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own pre and post-trip accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.

What’s Included in the Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies Tour?

Logistics, Meals and Accommodation

This training course doesn’t include any meals, transportation, or accommodation. If you need any help with booking your own accommodation, we are happy to assist you if needed. Travellers taking this course can enjoy a discounted rate at Clique Hotels & resorts. For meals, please pack your own high-energy meals and snacks for field days.

Included

  • Instruction classroom material
  • Avalanche safety equipment use (probes, shovels, snow crystal cards)
  • Certified and skilled instructors

Not included

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • GST (5%)

Optional Extras

  • Optional Backcountry ski or splitboard day: $195 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

Located in Canmore, Alberta at the gates of Banff National Park, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is one of Canada’s premier providers of mountaineering, rock & ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. For over 40 years, we have hosted thousands of clients from Canada and all over the world. Our brand is known for quality mountain experiences, safety, and well-organized itineraries. We have some of the best mountain guides and hiking guides in the industry. All Yamnuska Mountain Adventures climbing guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You’ll spend one day in a classroom and one day out in winter conditions in the mountains, skiing or snowshoeing up to 5km with up to 250m of elevation gain. If you add the optional ski or splitboard day, you’ll need to be an intermediate or better skier or snowboarder and be 18 years of age or older.

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