Information for AST 1+ students
230 1re avenue O, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, G4V 1E2, Québec
- Day 1: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Day 2 and day 3: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - in mountainous terrain, in the Chic-Chocs.
Out of respect for all participants, please arrive on time. Schedule changes may be made at the discretion of the instructor. If so, you will be notified 24 hours in advance.
EMERGENCY: For any eventuality, you can contact our team at 418-763-3333
The AST 1+ combines the standard AST 1 training and an extra day of mountain travel to practice the techniques learned during the course. This training aims to provide students with an entry-level decision-making framework that can be applied pre-travel and in the field to increase safety margins and maximize enjoyment.
AT THE END OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Interpret the avalanche bulletin, recognize terrain at avalanche risk.
- Structure of the snowpack.
- Know the steps needed to plan and conduct an outing.
- Using the Avaluator.
- Practice proper mountain travel techniques.
- Know how to carry out an autonomous rescue.
- Understand the limits of their training and consider the next steps (AST 2, level 1 professional).
The AST 1+, adds a day of experience in mountainous terrain which focuses on the analysis of the snowpack and search and rescue situations, in addition to having the chance to make more trips in the mountains.
- Day 1 : Most of the training will take place in a classroom and you should bring comfortable clothing for indoors and all your outdoor clothing.
- Day 2 and 3 : You will spend the majority of these days outdoors, in the mountains, to familiarize yourself with avalanche safety equipment, travel and some search and rescue techniques.
- Avalanche safety equipment such as Transceiver, shovel and probe will be loaned to you for the duration of the course. Any loss or damage will require replacement, at your expense.
- All class material (book, leaflets, cards) will be given to you on the first day of training.
EQUIPMENT NOT INCLUDED:
- You must plan a lunch for the 3 days
- Bring a pen, notebook and a computer or telephone to share information with you.
- Bring your backcountry ski/splitboard/snowshoe equipment for trips on the second and third day. If you don't have one, we offer rental. Personal Equipment List Reminder
- At the end of the course, you will receive an AST 1 certificate of achievement issued by Ski Chic-Chocs and approved by Avalanche Canada, which is recognized across Canada.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM:
Mandatory to read and be aware of before training.
Participants of age of majority:
Please note that we will complete the forms together on the first day Ski Chic-Chocs Form | Avalanche Canada Form for major participant. Do not fill out before the course.
Participant of minor age:
Please note that if the participant is a minor, he/she will have to complete the Ski Chic-Chocs Form and Avalanche Canada forms by a parent/guardian and print BEFORE the first day of training.
In preparation for the course, you can consult the documents that will be given to you.
Here is the link to download the manual for the course:
- French: Manuel du cours de sécurité en avalanche
- English: Avalanche Skills Training book
You can also consult the Avalanche Canada Tutorial:
- French: https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/fr-ca
- English: https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/en-ca
- Avalanche Canada
- Avalanche Quebec
- American Avalanche Association
- Mountain Conditions Report: Latest Reports
- Utah Avalanche Center: Home
- MWAC – Mount Washington Avalanche Center
- Switzerland - Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF)
Avalanche bulletin & info
- Chic Chocs avalanche bulletin and Chic Chocs webcam
- Mountain information network - Avalanche Canada
Articles & case studies
- Transceiver Review: https://beaconreviews.com/index.php
- Wild snow - equipment info
- Gaia GPS and Caltopo app
- Mountain forecast Mont Jacques Cartier
- Spot weather
- Environment Canada - Gaspésie Park
- Weather Radar Environment Canada a
- Climate Atlas of Quebec
- Windy wind forecast
- Weather information platform Toutoumeteo.ca