Avalanche Canada’s nationally recognized Avalanche Skills Training Level One is known as the prerequisite for anyone looking to get into the avalanche backcountry environment. Our BLAST courses (Backcounty Learning and Avalanche Skills Training) are based on the most advanced knowledge available to teach the fundamentals of decision making in backcountry avalanche terrain.
Digging a snow profile and standing in it for a photo is only a very small piece of the equation when making decisions in real terrain. We provide a big picture approach and teach tips and tricks to set you up for success for when you’re out there on your own (with a friend, just perhaps not a guide).
Our BLAST courses teach avalanche skills in a real big mountain backcountry environment with other candidates that share the same ability. With smaller numbers and more time in the field, our offerings are the premier AST 1 courses in the industry. Our ratios of guide to learner are half that of traditional AST 1 courses, and we believe this personalization is essential in expediting the learning process. If you’re looking for the opportunity to get a skill set customized to your ability and learning style, this one-on-one coaching in terrain you want to tackle and in realistic condition will set you up for success in your ski-touring adventures. What a BLAST!