EOI - Avalanche Safety Training Level 1

Trip type: 
Start date: 
Saturday, 8 September 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, 9 September 2018 - 5:00pm

This is an EOI for an ANU-subsidised course AST Level 1. I will open up the course for registration in 1 July 2018.  If you do ANY backcountry activity involving snow, then AST1 is recommended for you. This year the ANUMC is offering massive subsidies off the course, bringing the price down to $80 for students and $120 for non-students. I've scheduled the course just in time for backcountry skiing season this year, so you can apply your newly learned skills when it may count. 

See the below course description. 


Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? An AST 1 course is your place to start. 
It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slackcountry.

Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs.  The Avalanche Canada Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) Course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available. It is suitable for use by people with little experience in entering the side/backcountry.
In addition, the course will:

  • Provide the prerequisite knowledge required for further avalanche training.
  • Introduce and promote the Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course as the logical next step for gaining intermediate-level decision-making skills.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • 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.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

The AST 1 training is also for APSI instructors looking to acquire their ISIA stamp, increasing employment opportunity internationally.

Cost:   $200.00 ANU Student Price [NOT COUNTING ANUMC DISCOUNT]

Rental gear prices:
Avi Pack (include Backpack, Shovel, Probe and Beacon)  $50
Snow Shoes + Poles  $30
Touring skis/Splitboards - we can point you in the right
direction for hire of these - just ask

Courses are based out of :
​Jindabyne, NSW, Australia.

Textbook, CAC Avaluator, two full days of instruction (one day indoors & one day in the field)
Boots, Alpine touring skis / Splitboard with skins / Snowboard with Snowshoes*, Adjustable poles, Backpack with Shovel, Probe and Avalanche Transceiver*, winter clothing for all conditions, warm hat, gloves, goggles, sunnies, sunscreen, water, lunch & snacks.​



* These can be hired from the club at a first come, first serve basis, failing that, Rhythm Sport and the course provider. 

Plus, the first 16 people registered AND paid for this course will receive a subsidy from ANUMC: Final cost is $80 for students and $120 for non-students.  

If you would like to register for the course you need to:

a) Register here as a trip participant - NOTING THAT YOU ARE A STUDENT OR A NON-STUDENT

b) Register and pay $200 with the course provider: http://www.snowsafety.com.au/avalanche-safety-training-level-1-ANU.html

c) obtain your reimbursement from ANUMC - TBC. 

This Course requires you to be in Jindabyne/ Snow Mountains area over the weekend. I am assuming there will be sufficient cars to take people to key locations and this will be confirmed during the pre trip meeting. 

Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Thursday, 6 September 2018 - 6:00pm
Pretrip location: 
ANUMC Gear Store - for gear hire of AT and avalanche gear
Course costs plus petrol costs, food plus money for gear hire
Intended plan: 
Leave Canberra in morning for 8:30am arrival at Jindabyne for classroom lesson; dinner at Jinadabyne; camp at Island Bend at night, travel to probably Guthega for day 2 lesson.
Departure and intended return times: 
See above
Local knowledge: 
Unlimited slots left.