Free Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course

by Kirsten Armleder

SnoRiders magazine has once again teamed up with Zac's Tracs Avalanche Skills Training to offer a free Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course (AST 1). This is a two-day courses (one day in the classroom and one in the field) that covers the basics of avalanche safety and decision-making. 

With a focus on understanding and planning for the risks involved, the AST 1 course is a must-have for anyone that snowmobiles in the mountains. It is also a prerequisite for Avalanche Canada’s (AC) more advanced safety training courses.

By the end of the course, students should know how to identify avalanche terrain, use the Avaluator card from AC, use appropriate travel techniques and carry out a companion rescue.

Zac's Tracs employ highly trained, fully qualified instructors who tailor their courses to snowmobilers. They are sledders teaching sledders.

For your chance to win, go to our Hotshots contest page and upload your best snowmobiling photo. Upload as many as you like. You will have until October 31, 2017, to do so.

A winner will be chosen and informed by email in November. The course is valued at $345 and it can be taken during winter 2017-2018. For a list of available course dates from Zac’s Tracs, visit the website.

There are many benefits to taking a formal avalanche skills training course. In addition to the training, which is invaluable in itself, sledders with an AST certificate may be eligible to receive discounts on the cost of their yearly sled insurance.

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