AST 1 – Revelstoke

The AST 1 course in Revelstoke is an introductory training course for anyone skiing in the backcountry. Join our ACMG ski guides for 2.5 days of classroom and field-day learning.

About the Course

Curriculum: The AST 1 course is a nationally-standardized curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. This course is the essential first step in developing your decision making framework for venturing into winter backcountry avalanche terrain. Over two and half days, you will spend about 8 hours in the classroom in Revelstoke learning theory, 3 hours outdoors getting prepared for the field component on the following day, and finally, around 9 hours in the backcountry putting theory into practice.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Match terrain to the avalanche hazard
  • Demonstrate methods of group travel that reduce risk in avalanche terrain
  • Interpret the avalanche forecast
  • Use avalanche rescue equipment and understand the basics of companion rescue
  • Understand factors that affect the seasonal snowpack
  • Have the prerequisite certificate for the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course

"This was an amazing course! We learned so much during the classroom sessions and then having the field day really made all the information come to life. I felt we all got to equally participate and it was very rewarding to work as a group. I loved digging the pit too!" - 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.

Marc Reimer

ACMG Ski Guide
Marc Reimer is an experienced ski touring and heli-skiing guide who loves keeping things safe and fun. Based in Revelstoke, Marc is keen to show you around Glacier National Park.

Eric Dahlberg

Ski Guide
Eric is an ACMG Ski Guide, Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and Apprentice Rock Guide.  Eric has a broad range of mountaineering experience and remains eternally enthusiastic. He looks forward to sharing his love for the mountains with you.

More Info

  • Ability to ski off-piste in a controlled manner.
  • Ability to ascend roughly 300-600 vertical meters over the course of the field day.
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver.

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