2018-01-13 AST1 Course


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The details on the Avalanche Safety course has been confirmed.

  • Saturday January 13 is classroom at the Provincial Building in Pincher Creek
  • either Sunday January 14 or Monday January 15 (your choice, depending on seat availability) will be the field day near Castle Mountain Resort.

Both days run from 08:30-16:30 (4:30 pm).

You need to provide your own sled (snowmobile), avalanche transceiver (beacon), probe and shovel. Pincher SAR can lend transceivers if you're waiting for this course before buying one.

Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? An AST 1 is your place to start. You don't need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating or travelling in the near or far backcountry. Everyone in your travel group should have this course.

This is the course where you'll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. The course is two days with both classroom and field components. What you will learn in an AST 1:

  • 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
  • intro to companion rescue

Members of PCSAR and the CRG will have their course fees paid. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot and will be refunded if you complete the course. Contact pcsar@castrov.cuug.ab.ca

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