AST 1 – Fernie

The AST 1 course in Fernie is the essential first step for those traveling in avalanche terrain. This 2 day program includes 1 classroom day and 1 day of field learning.

About the Course

Curriculum: The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 curriculum, developed by Avalanche Canada, is the essential first step in developing your decision making framework for venturing into winter backcountry avalanche terrain. This course includes 8 hours of classroom theory, and at least 8 hours practicing theory in the field.

At the end of the course you will:

  • Be able to recognize and appropriately travel through avalanche terrain
  • Interpret the avalanche forecast
  • Know how to use rescue equipment and the basics of companion rescue
  • Understand factors that affect the snowpack
  • Have the prerequisite certificate for the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course


The AST 1 course in Fernie is over 2 days, back-to-back. The full course dates can be viewed by selecting your preferred start date from the drop-down menu, followed by “Book Now”.

"Excellent day! Instruction and learning exceeded my expectations. Group activity and snow pit were the highlights!" - AST 1 Participant

"We had an amazing day out ski touring with Mel reviewing avalanche knowledge and rescue techniques. Her tips and tricks will help me out in the years to come! Super friendly and knowledgeable!" - Sheri, AST 1 Participant

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our Instructors and Guides

The Mountain Addicts team is obsessed with safety. All of our guides are members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). The ACMG is the only internationally recognized professional association of trained and certified mountain guides and instructors in Canada. Our guides come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and Mountain Addicts will find your perfect match.

Mel Makepeace

Ski Guide & Owner
Mel is the owner of Mountain Addicts, an ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. She began her career as a ski patroller in 2008 and now travels the world ski touring and heli-ski guiding. Mel particularly loves facilitating mountain travel confidence in women.

Corin Lohmann

Ski Guide
Corin loves sharing the mountain experience and the connections that are made while learning and exploring in the backcountry. Since 2011, Corin has been guiding ski trips in the mountains of Western Canada. He lives in Fernie with his family and spends his summers running ; a glacier guiding business in Jasper National Park.

Melissa Saarinen

Apprentice Ski Guide
Mel was born into a family of accomplished professional skiers and is keeping with family tradition herself. Former ski patroller and cat-skiing guide, Mel is now a dedicated avalanche educator and ski touring guide. She loves making tracks where there aren't any.

More Info

  • You should be able to get down a blue run at the ski hill in a controlled manner at minimum.
  • The group may ascend roughly 200 vertical meters over the course of the field day.
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver.

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