Avalanche Safety Training Level 1

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.

Cost:   $300.00

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.


VIC Courses

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

For further information and to book, please check here.