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Participants will receive “AST Level 1” certification, which is recognized by the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).

Who Should Take This Course?
Snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, search-and-rescue volunteers, and outdoor leaders. No previous avalanche training experience is required for the AST 1 course.


Cost: $250 per person.  Snowshoes are also available for $10 weekend rental.  Group discounts are available.

Price includes:

  • 19 hrs of direct instruction
  • 6:1 student / instructor ratio (maximum)
  • All Manuals as required by the CAC, including the Avaluator
  • Industry-recognized certificate of completion
  • Use of safety equipment, including; shovel, probe, and transceiver


The Canadian Avalanche Centre “Avalanche Skills Training” (AST 1) course is a comprehensive program combining classroom instruction and 2 days of field activity, for a total of 19 hours of direct instruction.

The course focuses on understanding, recognizing & avoiding avalanche hazards. AST 1 will focus on terrain recognition, basic snow pack structure, weather, safe route finding & avalanche rescue techniques.


5 Dec 2014
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Introductory classroom session – University of the Fraser Valley, Hope Campus, 1250 7th Avenue, Hope, BC

6 Dec 2014
8:00 AM – Classroom session – University of the Fraser Valley, Hope Campus, 1250 7th Avenue, Hope, BC
12:00 PM (approx.) – Depart for field-based activity at Allison Pass
5:00 PM – Back in Hope

7 Dec 2014
9:00 AM – Meet at Coquihalla toll booth for field-based activity at Coqhihalla Summit
4:00 PM – Leave Coquihalla toll booth for home


Friday and Saturday: University of the Fraser Valley, Hope Campus, 1250 7th Avenue, Hope, BC
Sunday: Old Coquihalla Hwy toll booth


Participants may wish to stay in Hope on Friday and Saturday night, and enjoy our local restaurants, cafes, and movie theatre.

A great selection of motels and B&Bs are available in the Hope area.  Click HERE for details.


Participants must get to Hope with their own vehicles and travel to the field locations with their own vehicles (carpooling is encouraged). Field locations are accessible via paved highways.


  • Lunch and high-energy snack food for Saturday and Sunday
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person) for each day
  • Skis or snowshoes for field activity (we can provide snowshoes if needed)
  • Warm winter clothes
  • If you have an iPhone, bring it and Brad will show you how to access public avalanche bulletins.


If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.


Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.


Register online to reserve your spot.  Call 604-869-1274 or email us at lklassen@hopemountain.org for more information.