Avalanche Safety Training Level 1

Two day avalanche safety courses will be available as part of the 2020 festival.

Alpine Access Australia is the official provider of AST1 courses during the VIC Backcountry Festival. Courses will be run before and after the Festival.

Alpine Access Australia is an accredited Avalanche Canada AST Provider.

Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs. Participants acquire new skills and knowledge to help them keep safe in the backcountry. Yes avalanches do happen in Australia, and AST1 is also essential if you and your friends venture into the side or backcountry when skiing or snowboarding overseas.

Our Avalanche Canada Accredited Instructors:

David Herring & Luka Szczepanik ..

AST1 is a two day course – 1 day in the classroom, and 1 day out in the backcountry.

What you will learn in an AST 1 course:

  • avalanche formation and release
  • identify avalanche terrain
  • the basics of trip planning
  • optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
  • use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • companion rescue using beacon, shovel, probe

We also incorporate into the field day of our course an emphasis on backcountry touring technique, safe touring in the Australian backcountry and touring etiquette.  The participants on our courses are always a diverse group with one main thing in common, a passion for the mountains and a desire to learn the skills and knowledge to be safe in the backcountry.  This makes for a fun, stimulating & challenging two days.

Courses in the Hotham area:

These are held at the Snowbird Inn/ Hotham Sidecountry.

Sat/Sun 29-30 August HOTHAM
Tue/Wed 1-2 September HOTHAM
Thu/Fri 3-4 September HOTHAM
Mon/Tue 7-8 September HOTHAM

AAA also offer AST 1 courses at Mt Stirling and the Snowy Mountains Main Range as well as a backcountry guiding service. Check here for all details and to register interest or book for a course.

Details here.