M.A.S.T. Level 1+ Courses

Our preferred course is M.A.S.T 1+ as we feel it is a better experience for our clients with more field time that allows us to better teach you how to apply the knowledge, helping you, the student, retain key skills.

M.A.S.T. 1+ Courses require a minimum of 5 students for custom bookings and a minimum of 6 students for private classes. If we travel outside of Revelstoke/ Sicamous, BC those minimum student numbers are subject to change.

CA$520 + GST / Student

M.A.S.T. Level 1+ Course Schedule

Day 1

Whiskey & Words 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The evening instruction will start with introductions, a broad overview of trip planning, avalanche terrain, terrain travel habits, avalanche rescue equipment and avalanche rescue techniques. If there is time, we will cover a short case study.

Day 2

Class Instruction 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Bring your coffee and get comfortable as we will be diving right into the course at 8:00 am sharp. We will be going over the avalanche bulletin system.

Field Instruction 10:00 PM to 5:30 PM

With time being limited please show up to the course with your sleds fueled, gear, and food ready to make the move to the field for the in-field portion of the course. Our day we will be taking us out into the mountains and starting with avalanche rescue equipment, then moving to avalanche rescue techniques and planning. You will be getting hands on instruction with your equipment and mock rescues. As we travel through the back country, we stop to point out key things such as avalanche terrain and instruct you on proper traveling habits in avalanche terrain.

Beer & Brains 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

7:00 pm sharp, feel free to bring refreshments and treats as we have a few hours of learning before we stop for the day. The evening focus will start with teaching you how to identify avalanche terrain, give you a basic understanding about snowpack, travel in avalanche terrain, and how to use the avalanche bulletin system. To close we will cover a case study of past avalanche fatalities.

Day 3

Class Instruction 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

The morning meeting will be looking at how to use the avalanche bulletin to plan your trip. We will apply the knowledge that has been given to you throughout the course, thus far.

Field Instruction 10:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Once again with time being limited, please show up to the course with your sleds fueled, gear, and food ready to make the move to the field for the afternoon portion of the course. We will meet in the designated staging area, then head up the mountain and use the knowledge taught in the class portion of the course to travel through the avalanche terrain safely. The focus of the day is to help you learn the basic skills on how to apply that knowledge as we travel through avalanche terrain as a team. Working together we will use the snowpack knowledge taught in class to select a spot to dig in the snowpack to start you on the path of understanding how avalanches are created. To finalize the day we will be giving you one more chance to apply the avalanche rescue skills we have taught you with another rescue scenario.

Further Hands-On Learning