AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING
AST1 VICTORIA

Alpine Access Australia is an accredited Avalanche Canada AST Provider. We run AST1 courses in Victoria at Mt Hotham – classroom day Bright or Dinner Plain, backcountry day out of Mt Hotham. Participants acquire new skills and knowledge to help them keep safe in the backcountry. We believe learning should be stimulating and fun – our courses have an inclusive, community vibe where you’ll be given the best chance of success in your future backcountry touring adventures, whether in Australia or in avalanche terrain overseas. For AST1 course details, click here

Pre-requisites: Skiing/snowboarding skills – strong intermediate level or above. Moderate fitness. (if unsure, contact us to discuss)

STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIO STRICTLY 8:1 AS REQUIRED BY AVALANCHE CANADA

VIC AST1 COURSES

To book your spot, click one of the dates below (if a date is fully booked, message us to go on the waitlist).

For backcountry first-timers, consider joining our BC Intro Day on 12 July here

Equipment needed for backcountry day:

  • Avalanche transceiver, Shovel, Probe
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Snacks & lunch
  • Sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
  • Beanie or helmet, gloves, goggles
  • Warm layers (not cotton)
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Skiers: Skis with touring bindings & skins, poles
  • Snowboarders: Snowboard & snowshoes OR splitboard setup, 3 piece poles

Any questions or help needed with equipment – please ask us!

Victorian Backcountry Festival 2024
Alpine Access will be at the Festival and we will be running AST1 courses before and after. We are looking forward to being part of this great event! For all Festival activities: https://www.backcountry-festival.com/

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation fee 2% of course fee.
A refund, minus the cancellation fee, will be provided if:
* you cancel at least one month before the course date
* you are unable to attend the tour due to illness or injury (medical certificate required)
Severe weather: Course will go ahead in all weather conditions – we can choose protected, lower elevation zones.
A full refund will be offered if we are unable to proceed with the course due to circumstances beyond our control.

CHANGE TO ANOTHER COURSE DATE: If you wish to transfer to another course date, there will be no change fee if you request the change at least 2 weeks beforehand. If you request a change of dates less than 2 weeks before your course booking, you can only transfer you to another course if we are able to fill your place.