Alpine Access Australia is an accredited Avalanche Canada AST Provider. We run AST1 courses in NSW and Victoria. Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs. Participants acquire new skills and knowledge to help them keep safe in the backcountry. Yes avalanches do happen in Australia, and AST1 is also essential if you and your friends venture into the side or backcountry when skiing or snowboarding overseas.
"Highly recommended! Like many of us, I had spent years traipsing around in the side and backcountry, both here in Australia and overseas, with little real understanding of the dynamics of snowpack and the terrain on which it sits.
After completing the two day AST level 1, I really saw the mountain in front of me through new eyes. Now my approach is more ordered, less hasty, and more analytical. Introducing better awareness and communication within the tour group has definitely made me feel able to plan a safe trip out into the backcountry, and a safe trip back down at the end of the day.
I would recommend doing the AST1 course with your touring partners, so that next time you hit the skin track, you are all seeing the mountain through those new eyes! So do yourself a favour, and book an AST1 course now!" -Graham Jones
Our Avalanche Canada Accredited Instructors:
David Herring & Luka Szczepanik
Our AST1 courses in 2018 will be held on the following dates:
Sat-Sun 21-22 July
Sat-Sun 4-5 August
Mon-Tue 13-14 August
Sat-Sun 25-26 August
Wed-Thu 29-30 August
Sat-Sun 1-2 September
Sat-Sun 15-16 September
Sat-Sun 22-23 September
Mt Hotham, VIC:
Sat-Sun 18-19 August - COURSE FULL
Mon-Tue 20-21 August
Melbourne/Mt Buller or Mt Stirling, VIC -
Theory day held in Melbourne, Backcountry day held at Mt Buller or Mt Stirling (venue tbc):
Sat-Sun 11-12 August
Sat-Sun 8-9 September
To ask a question or make a booking, please call 0417 673933 or send an enquiry: