AST 1+

Blacksheep Adventure Sports’ AST 1+ Course 

Squamish AST
Checking out the crown of an avalanche. Photo: Tristan Rasmussen.

Backcountry skiing, splitboarding and snowshoeing are exciting sports but without proper knowledge, enthusiasts often take unnecessary risks. Educate yourself with an investment in our AST 1+ Avalanche Skills Training Course! Proper training will make your winter travels in avalanche terrain safer and more enjoyable. Our avalanche safety instructors are  members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and Guides. Their extensive personal experience in winter guiding, avalanche operations and forecasting will add an extra dimension of interest to your training. Even better, we will spend 2 full days in the field instead of the much more common single day. This will allow you more time to learn and get confident traveling around in avalanche terrain.

ASTThis is a hands-on avalanche awareness training course featuring practical field experience augmented with a half day of self-directed classroom theory. Our AST 1+ course is designed to provide you a solid grounding in the essentials of avalanche safety while introducing you to the amazing backcountry ski areas around the Sea to Sky.

Trip Details:​

Length:​​ 2.5 days
Cost:​​ $319 per person
Dates & Availability:
December 5 & 6, 2020 (full)
December 12 & 13, 2020 (full)
December 19 & 20, 2020 (full)

January 2 & 3, 2021 (full)
January 9 & 10, 2021 (full)
January 23 & 24, 2021 (4 Spots Available)


This AST 1 course is based out of the Squamish and Whistler area, north of Vancouver. After you have completed the online learning at home we will do a brief classroom session on the first day before heading out into the backcountry for some hands-on learning. The exact location of the field day will be based on current conditions and weather but we often head into one of the common backcountry ski areas around the Sea to Sky such as Shannon Creek, Metal Dome, Callaghan, Duffy, etc.


Day 0.5 – Classroom Day:

  • You will be provided with a log-in and password for an online learning course that covers all of the classroom related materials.

Day 1 & 2 – Field Days:

  • 8:00am: Morning Classroom Session
  • 9:30am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring & learning
  • 4:00pm: Back at meeting location for pm debrief

Squamish AST


  • Avalanche Canada Instructor & ACMG Certified Ski Guide
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book
  • Avaluator Booklet with Slope Assessment Field Card
  • Companion Rescue Field Card
  • AST 1 Certificate upon Successful Completion


  • Transportation to/from meeting points.
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.).
    • Rentals are available upon request
  • Meals

Equipment List: AST1+

Fine Print:

  • A $100 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.
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