Managing Avalanche Terrain

NEW: Take your terrain management skills further.

Have you taken the AST-1, and you’re looking for a refresher? Maybe you’ve just finished your AST-1, and you’re wanting to learn more about travel techniques. Either way, this new certificate course from Avalanche Canada might be for you. This course focuses on the avalanche skill that is most commonly used in the backcountry: mitigating and avoiding avalanche hazard through terrain management skills and safe travel practices.

In this one-day, intensive course, you will meet your guide at 8AM in Canmore to review gear and objectives. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the day’s backcountry skiing destination. Terrain choices, identification of terrain features, and group management techniques will all be treated as a workshop, allowing everybody to gain a good understanding of the concepts and get a chance to bounce their ideas off of a certified guide.

Level of Difficulty

You should have an intermediate level of backcountry ski experience, be comfortable with your touring gear, and have already completed the AST-1 course. You should also have a good level of fitness: some of the bigger objectives will involve an alpine start and a 10+ hour ski day. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the National Office.

Not quite here yet

Consider the following courses to help you build your backcountry skills.

  • AST-1: The essential avalanche awareness course for all backcountry users. 2 days, $215.
  • Introduction to Backcountry Skiing: Learn the basics: gear, avalanche awareness, and technique. 2.5 days, $375
  • Next Steps Backcountry Skiing: Practice safe travel skills, learn how to move safely in avalanche terrain, perfect your uphill and downhill technique, visit your first hut, and find some great skiing. Course includes Managing Avalanche Terrain certificate from Avalanche Canada. 2 days, $375
  • Rogers Pass Powder Camp: Just want to ski/ride? If you’ve already taken an introduction to backcountry skiing course (or have equivalent experience) and want to get out and explore in a safe, fun environment, this might be the camp for you. Build mileage in the backcountry and ski some great lines under the supervision of an ACMG-certified ski guide. January 28-Feburary 1, 2018, $1395

Backcountry Essentials Progression: November 24 - December 10, 2017

Consider the following courses to help you build your backcountry skills.

  • AST-1: the essential avalance safety course for any backcountry traveller.
  • Introduction to Winter Camping: learn the basics of trip planning and survival for winter overnights
  • Introduction to Navigation: This comprehensive weekend course covers basic navigation and whiteout navigation skills you’ll need for the winter.


  • March 24, 2018
  • $195 + Tax / Person
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Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Instruction throughout the course
  • Pre-trip gear and planning advice
  • ACC course materials
  • Transportation to and from the field locations – participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool
  • All meals for the course
  • Accommodation
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in info pack)

Photo by Brad Hurkett
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Cornice failure on display

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