The Avalanche Skills Training AST 1 is a two day course with a classroom and field component. Providing an entry-level decision making framework based on the most advanced knowledge available and certified by Avalanche Canada.


Avalanche Skills Training Course Certification

Avalanche Skills Training AST 1 Certification

Course Goals
• Describe avalanche formation and release using basic terminology
• Recognize avalanche terrain
• Complete a backcountry trip plan using all available resources
• Describe techniques to minimize risk when traveling in avalanche terrain
• Demonstrate a basic companion rescue
• Understand the limits of your training
• Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available

Before starting the course please familiarize yourself with the websites below:

AST 1 $250 per person (tax included)

($50 deposit is required upon registration)

All participants receive a Freeriding In Avalanche Terrain course manual, the Avaluator tool and a course completion certificate.

* We can always add another date to accommodate your group. Please contact us directly at 604.808.3825

Course dates:
February 6th and 7th 2016
February 13th and 14th 2016

March 13th and 14th 2016
March 27th and 28th 2016

Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment each day.

$7.25 per person is a financial contribution to Avalanche Canada included in the course fee. It is a fundraising fee which goes directly to the Avalanche Canada to assist in continued development of the AST program and public avalanche safety.

Thank You for your contribution.

Avalanche Skills Training AST 2 Certification

Course Goals
• Use the Avaluator™ as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely
• Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale
• Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings
• Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk
• Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions
• Proficiently carry out a companion rescue
• Understand the limits of your training

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

Cost: $1000.00 (tax included) Deposit is required upon registration

Course Dates
March 5th to 8th 2016

This year we are offering an overnight stay at a backcountry hut as part of the AST 2 experience. We have an exclusive booking at the Wendy Thompson Hut on the Duffy Lake rd. We will spend 3 days and 2 nights at the hut and finish with a day on Whistler Blackcomb. This course will be catered by Whistlers Chef (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Participants are responsible for their own lift access, meals, transceiver, probe, shovel and backcountry touring equipment and overnight gear.

A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.

• Consider and incorporate preventative measures
• Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche
• Understand the function of airbags
• Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills
• Apply search and rescue techniques
• Practice searching without a transceiver
• Consider multiple burial situations
• Organize a group rescue
• Identify post-incident considerations

Cost: $100 (tax included)

Location: Whistler Blackcomb area

Dates: Available upon request

Participants are responsible for their own lift access lunch, transceiver, probe, shovel and back country touring equipment each day.


Avalanche Skills Training Instructor

Jennifer Godbout

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Jennifer Godbout is Canada’s highest certified female snowboard guide. There is nowhere else she’d rather be than in the mountains, sharing her passion for the outdoors.

• Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 1
• Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 2 Mod 2
• Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship Recipient
• Canadian Avalanche Association Advanced Weather for Avalanche Professionals
• Active Member of the CAA
• Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Level C
• Yamanska Mountain Skills & Outdoor Leadership Semester
• Canadian Association Snowboard Instructors Level 2 & Freestyle Level 1
• Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance Level 1
• Fluent in French and Spanish
• Still writes in cursive
• Makes her own bed daily


Required Equipment

• Touring skis; split snowboard; or, snow shoes and snowboard. Alpine Trekker touring inserts for alpine skis are acceptable if you are experienced with them
• Boots – touring boots appropriate to your bindings. Regular alpine boots may be fine as long as they are not a tight fitting race boot
• Poles
• Climbing skins for skis or split board
• Day pack, approx 30-40 liters capacity suitable for carrying all required gear. Snowboarders must have a pack that can hold a snowboard for the ascents
• Hard shell outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex
• Outer shell pants or bibs – Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring
• Personal clothing layers that are adjustable and suitable for all conditions
• Gaiters (unless your ski pants have built-in gaiters or snow-cuffs)
• Gloves (extra pair)
• Warm parka – down, fleece or pile
• Sweater or vest – wool, fleece or down
• Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece
• Sunglasses
• Goggles
• Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
• Water bottle/hydration system w/insulation – min. 1 liter
• Lunch and snacks

For the AST 2 a snow science kit (thermometer, crystal screen and magnifying loupe) is also recommended for this course.



  • “Jennifer is a rarity in the mountain world. Equally capable on a board or skis and a guide. She’s been living and working in the mountains for as long as I’ve know her.”

    -Colin Adair, DC Photographer

  • “Taking a course with Jen is a fast track to success and safety.”

    -Dustin Craven, Pro Rider

  • I wanted to do a course with Jen because I know I needed to, but I didn’t think it would be this fun”

    -Mikey Rencz, Pro Rider

  • “The AST 1 course was fun and interesting.”

    -Benji Ritchie, Pro Rider

  • “Jen is a great teacher, more knowledge you have, the better prepared you’ll be to stay alive.”

    -Jussi Oksanen, Pro Rider