Avalanche Course

Custom AST Course

We will work with you to create an Avalanche Skills Training (AST) course that suits your group's ability, experience, goals, and schedule. 

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The First Step to Safe and Efficient Backcountry Skiing

Using the AST 1+ and AST 2 as templates, we can design a course for complete backcountry newbies or experienced backcountry skiers who want to acquire decision-making skills to ski and ride in big steep alpine terrain.  Whatever your group's ability level, we can make a course to teach you everything you need to know to safely and confidently enjoy backcountry adventures.



Ability to hike uphill for 3 hours and advance ski ability (black diamond runs).

Highlight Skills

Companion rescue, snow assessment, group management and the use of ski touring gear.


1 to 4 Days


Starting at $215


Whistler or Squamish


All Winter


Beginner Intermediate Expert

Guest / Guide Ratio

8 to 1


  • Course Material (Avaluator Card)
  • Instruction from CAA Members and or ACMG Guide 

Does Not Include

  • Backcountry Ski Rentals
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment (we can supply if necessary $30/day)
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Transportation

Create your own course to cover the skills you want to learn, the duration you want and, most importantly, the dates that work for you!

We provide the rest:

  • ACMG Guides
  • Experienced Avalanche Skill Instructors
  • Intimate Local Knowledge
  • Learning Resources

The beauty of a custom AST course is that we tailor the course to suit your group's needs. Whether your crew is totally new to backcountry adventures or has years of experience and multiple backcountry courses under your belt- we accommodate it all.

We recommend that all participants in your group have a similar ability level to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course.  And as with all our Backcountry courses, we also recommend participants have confidence in powder skiing and the fitness to ski tour uphill for 3 hours a day.

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2022/2023 - Available all WINTER

$1520 / group per person + GST
AST +1
$1980 / group per person + GST
$3550 / group per person + GST
Build your Own
from $850 / day per person + GST

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