The Splitboard HQ AST 1 course is run over 2 days (or 2 evenings and a full day). The theory sessions are set up within the framework of Avalanche Canada with a focus on getting people ‘hands on’ as much as possible with equipment and the concepts that will be taught on the field day.
The field day is an introduction to being in the backcountry, again, within the scope of the Avalanche Canada AST 1 program our certified instructors will start to introduce the concepts of using terrain to minimize hazard, basic snow stability tests, travel tips and more.
Given that many of our students are on Splitboards for the first time (we welcome ski tourers), we do tie in a sylabus around using splitboards effectively. We do this in a way that compliments the avalanche safety content. We feel this provides a well rounded sylabus, with a good number of tangible take aways in both saftey and technique.
Our AST 1 programs are suitable for snowboarders on splitboards (discount rentals available) and skiers on touring setups.
At the end of the course you will be awarded an Avalanche Canada AST 1 certification.