These two day courses will be delivered by Adam West. There is a day at the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre and a day in the field at Falls Creek. Dates for the courses are
- AUG 28 & 29,
- AUG 30 & 31, and
- SEPT 1 & 2 (this last course is when the backcountry festival is on, but you can always join the evening festivities in Falls Creek village) …
Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? An AST 1 course is your place to start.
It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.
Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs. The Avalanche Canada Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) Course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with little experience in entering the side/backcountry.
In addition, the course will:
- Provide the prerequisite knowledge required for further avalanche training.
- Introduce and promote the Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course as the logical next step for gaining intermediate-level decision-making skills.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
- Identify avalanche terrain.
- Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
- Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available.
- Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
- Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
- Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
- Carry out a companion rescue.
- Understand the limits of their training.
The AST 1 training is also for APSI instructors looking to acquire their ISIA stamp, increasing employment opportunity internationally.
Rental gear prices:
Avi Pack (include Backpack, Shovel, Probe and Beacon) $50
Snow Shoes + Poles $30
Touring skis/Splitboards – we can point you in the right direction for hire of these – just ask
The course includes:
Textbook, CAC Avaluator, two full days of instruction (one day indoors & one day in the field)
Boots, Alpine touring skis / Splitboard with skins / Snowboard with Snowshoes, Adjustable poles, Backpack with Shovel, Probe and Avalanche Transceiver, winter clothing for all conditions, warm hat, gloves, goggles, sunnies, sunscreen, water, lunch & snacks.
Aug 28-29 AST1
Aug 30-31 AST1
Sept 1-2 AST1
VIC course locations
Classroom day will be held at:
Howmans Gap Alpine Centre
2587 Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek, VIC 3699
Field day will be held at:
Falls creek Ski resort