Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040


This letter will serve to introduce you to the Avalanche Skills Training Course - Level 1. The course is taught by Rescue Dynamics following the CAA AST curriculum. The date and location for the courses for this winter are TBA. The cost of the course is $225.00 plus GST. Copies of the book “Backcountry Avalanche Awareness” and the NEW Avaluator 2 are included. We provide free rental of avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and snow study equipment.

Some courses are followed by the CAC's new Companion Rescue Skills Course. The CRS course focuses on developing your skills in avalanche search and rescue with a full day of focused training on this vital skill set. The CRS course alone is $150 plus GST but can be bundled with AST1 for $320.00. Email us for further details

To be confirmed on the course you must prepay the course fee, complete the personal information form, then read, understand and sign the waiver. The waiver must be witnessed by someone other than a family member. Cheques should be made payable to Rescue Dynamics. If you have not paid, your spot is NOT yet confirmed. We reserve the right to cancel the course in the event of severe weather or low enrollment. Should this happen, your course fees will be refunded. See our website for complete cancellation policies and procedures.

This two day course introduces you to avalanche phenomenon. We will look at the winter snowpack, avalanche terrain, safety measures and rescue procedures. The first day will be mostly classroom with some outdoor work and the second day will be a field trip. Instruction for the courses takes place in and around Jasper or near Canmore depending upon the course in which you enroll.

On the second day we go into the mountains of Jasper or Banff Park with exact location depending on weather and conditions. We will provide instruction and all the snow study equipment. If you own your own avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, snow saw or snow study kit, I would encourage you to bring them so that you will become familiar with your own equipment. Otherwise we provide these items so please DO NOT waste money renting gear you don't need.

We DO NOT provide skis, skins, boots, poles or clothing. You will require cross country touring or alpine touring equipment including warm boots and clothing. Telemark gear is fine, but lightweight track skis or skating skis will NOT be adequate. We recommend skis with a minimum 90 to 100mm width at the tip. If you are on snowshoes / snowboard please contact us in advance so we can make allowances in our route planning. Boarders may want to rent a split - board for ease of travel in a mixed group. If you are not sure about gear, give us a call.

These courses are not recommended for beginner or novice skiers. You should have reasonable experience skiing off track in ungroomed variable snow conditions with a pack on your back.

On some courses, you can combine this avalanche course with "Introduction to Backcountry Touring and Ski Techniques" plus "Introduction to Ski Touring and Winter Glacier Travel" back to back to make the week long "Complete Introduction to Winter Ski Touring".

During the second day of the AST Level 1 course we will be doing stability tests and snow observations which will have us outside and stationary in the cold. Many people get cold feet standing in the cold in cross country ski boots - be prepared! Bring a down jacket and warm-up pants. Be sure your clothing can handle the changes in mountain environment, including cold, wind, snow and bright sun. Spare gloves / mitts are a must.

The course will proceed in all but the most severe weather. The course equipment list may help you to prepare for the course. You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the entire course. Be sure to prepare a bag lunch and bring water or other drinks for each day of the course, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch on the second day. A good thermos is handy.

Meeting time and place for the Canmore courses is 8:00 am, on the first day at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge (Guides Room). Meeting time and place for the Jasper courses is 8:00 am, on the first day (location TBA). Be completely ready for an indoor class at that time, but bring warm clothes for an outdoor session later in the afternoon. Persons unfamiliar with these locations can check our website for maps to be posted prior to each course (or call for directions).

The second day will either be near Lake Louise or Bow Summit for the Canmore / Banff courses. The second day will either be near Parker's Ridge, Hilda Ridge or Marmot Basin for the Jasper courses. (NOTE: Change!!: This winter we will not be holding a course in the Jasper Park area.) Locations will depend upon conditions and weather and will be determined by the end of the classroom sessions on the first day.

Canmore course participants may wish to book to stay at the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore. It is dormitory style accommodation with modern facilities including showers. ACC Clubhouse bookings are made at (403) 678-3200. For more deluxe rooms in Canmore, the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge (Motel) offers good rates (1-800-665-6111) and is where our instructors stay.

Jasper course participants may wish to book to stay at the Jasper International Hostel near Jasper. It is dormitory style accommodation with modern facilities including showers. Jasper hostel bookings are made at (780) 852-3215. You may also want to check into booking private home accommodation in Jasper. (NOTE: Change!!: This winter we will not be holding a course in the Jasper Park area.)

Members of the Alberta Motor Association (CAA / AAA) may want to check with AMA Travel for low vacation getaway rates on motel / hotel style accommodation.

You must have a valid Park Vehicle Group Pass or Personal Pass to attend this course, as we are traveling in National Park areas. Be sure to purchase one when you first enter the Park if you do not already have one.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call (780) 461-5040 and ask for Cyril.


Cyril Shokoples IFMGA
Chief Instructor / Mountain Guide

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Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040
Last updated Sunday, October 9, 2016