AST1 Avalanche Course by Alpine Access
AST1 is a two-day course – NSW 1 day in the classroom, and 1 day out in the backcountry
8-9 September & 11-12 Sep
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
8-9th Sep & 11-12 Sep
Out of either Perisher or Guthega depending on the weather and snow conditions
Alpine Access Australia is an accredited Avalanche Canada AST Provider. We run AST1 courses in NSW and Victoria. Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs. Participants acquire new skills and knowledge to help them keep safe in the backcountry. Yes avalanches do happen in Australia, and AST1 is also essential if you and your friends venture into the side or backcountry when skiing or snowboarding overseas.
AST1 is a two-day course – 1 day in the classroom, and 1 day out in the backcountry.
What you will learn in an AST 1 course:
- avalanche formation and release
- identify avalanche terrain
- the basics of trip planning
- optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
- use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- companion rescue using beacon, shovel, probe
We also incorporate into the field day of our course an emphasis on backcountry touring technique, safe touring in the Australian backcountry and touring etiquette. The participants on our courses are always a diverse group with one main thing in common, a passion for the mountains and a desire to learn the skills and knowledge to be safe in the backcountry. This makes for a fun, stimulating & challenging two days.
Equipment needed for backcountry day:
Avalanche transceiver, Shovel, Probe (we can assist with these)
Snacks & lunch
Sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
Beanie or helmet, gloves, goggles
Warm layers (not cotton)
Skiers: Skis with touring bindings & skins, poles
Snowboarders: Snowboard & snowshoes OR splitboard setup, 3 piece poles
Any questions or help needed with equipment – please ask us!
Avi Pack with beacon, shovel and probe hire $50.00
Snowshoe hire and poles for Snowboarders $30.00