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Avalanche Skills Training AST1

New For 2022

2022 Schedule: 30-31 July | 3-4 August | 20-21 August
Rider Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced   Price: $330pp

After this 2 day internationally recognised course, you will develop essential skills and knowledge to make decisions and stay safe in the backcountry.

What’s Included:

  • 2 day course. First day in the classroom and day 2 in the field to practice techniques, etiquette and safe touring. Meet your instructor at 8:30am at Thredbo Alpine Hotel reception.
  • The course covers avalanche formation, identifying avalanche terrain, basics of trip planning, optimal use of tools and resources, appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain and companion rescue using beacon, shovel, probe.
  • Avalanche Canada sets the global standard of providing avalanche awareness programs. Thredbo Backcountry Tours has partnered with Alpine Access Australia to provide AST1 from Thredbo.
  • Complimentary Backcountry Access Pass – MyThredbo Card is required. During checkout you can reload to your existing card or add one to your cart ($5).

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18+ years only. Full Terms and Conditions

What You Need To Know

Thredbo Backcountry Tours reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time.

  • This may be due to but not limited to any of the following:
    • Lightning
    • Winds over 80km/hr
    • Extreme and continuous weather conditions: rain, hail, snow
    • Medical incident
  • All tours depart promptly. Should participants not be present and prepared at these times the tour will depart. No refunds will be given for late arrivals or no shows.
  • Weather and snow conditions dictate which tours can operate. Should conditions force the cancellation of your chosen tour alternate routes may be offered.
    • If all tours and alternates are forced to be cancelled by conditions and weather a full refund will be issued.
  • No refund will be issued if the tour is cancelled or the goal of the tour is not met during the activity. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Injury sustained to participant or guide resulting in appropriate modification to tour
    • Immediate cancellation of remainder of the tour to affect first aid and evacuation
    • Unforeseen extreme weather or conditions
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe – one per participant
  • MyThredbo Card
  • Notebook and pen
  • Waterproof jacket and pants + layers. You will be outside at times.
  • Enclosed weatherproof shoes, preferably boots with good socks (no ankle socks).
  • Waterproof gloves, liners, beanie, buff
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, SPF lip balm
  • Water, lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (e.g. Ventolin)
  • Backpack to carry everything

Dress for a full day’s riding and carry sufficient clothing to cater for extreme weather conditions. We recommend checking the weather before you head out.

  • Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe – one per participant
  • Backcountry touring skis or splitboard, climbing skins and collapsible poles.
  • Recommended Alpine Touring ski boots and those that ski opt to not snowshoe and carry skis
  • MyThredbo Card
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Enclosed weatherproof shoes, preferably boots with good socks (no ankle socks.
  • Layers to adjust throughout the day (thermals, mid layers, puffer layer)
  • Helmet, goggles, liner gloves, waterproof gloves, beanie, buff
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, SPF lip balm
  • Minimum 2L of water per person
  • Have a solid breakfast and bring lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (e.g. Ventolin)
  • Backpack to carry everything
  • Camera/phone

It’s important to let your guide know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions (such as motion sickness, fear of heights, heart conditions, pregnancy, asthma and musculoskeletal issues) prior to Day 2. This will help us cater the training to your needs.

We encourage guests to Leave No Trace and observe the Backcountry Responsibility Code:

  • Have the skills and the fitness – know your skiing/riding ability and stay in control at all times.
  • Check the weather and Alpine Hazard Report before departing
  • Have the right gear – including avalanche recue basics
  • Leave what you find – do not pick or remove anything natural
  • Dial it back and space it out

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and Elders past, present and future.

Any Questions?

For more information please contact Thredbo’s knowledgeable guides at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 70,000 years. We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.

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