Avalanche training in Calgary and Banff, Canada


Join certified ACMG/IFMGA guides on a comprehensive Avalanche Skills Training Course, level 1, in Calgary, Canada. The course is divided into classroom theory and one field day practice to put skills to use. An ideal course for backcountry and ski touring enthusiasts.



2 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec




  • Practice Avalanche safety skills in a controlled environment.
  • Acquire theoretical and practical techniques for your backcountry adventures.
  • Join certified guides on a 2-day comprehensive avalanche training course.


Would you like to gain more autonomy and safety on your outdoor winter adventures? Then you can’t miss this Level 1 avalanche training course in Winsport, Calgary, and Ptarmigan Inn, Banff in Canada. 

The objective of this avalanche training course is to enable people to travel in the backcountry safely. Additionally, this course will give you information and skills about obtaining current information, onsite snowpack dynamics, and terrain. It is split into a theoretical classroom setting and a field day at Bow Summit or Vermilion Pass to put the skills to practice. Our instructors have the highest level of accreditation in Canada and in the world.

Options include attending classroom training in Winsport Calgary or in Ptarmigan Inn in Banff.  In Winsport Calgary the classroom session is on Wednesday & Thursday evenings 6-10 pm OR Saturdays starting at 09:00am ending at 4:30am. In Ptarmigan Inn in Banff the Classroom Session is on Saturdays or Tuesdays starting at 09:00am ending at 4:30am.

Keep in mind that classroom sessions, which we recommend, will take place with adequate social distancing. We will also facilitate Zoom feed access.  Once the theoretical part of the course has been completed, we will move on to the practical aspects on a unique field day where we will put the skills that we have seen in the classroom to the test. You can find a detailed outline of the course below.

Attending this avalanche training course will give you the skills to keep you safe on your backcountry adventures. Ready to give it a shot? Then contact us now and sign up!


Day 1: Classroom day

Classroom Sessions are in Winsport Calgary or in Ptarmigan Inn in Banff.  In Winsport Calgary the classroom session is on Wednesday & Thursday evenings 6-10 pm OR Saturdays starting at 09:00am ending at 4:30am. In Ptarmigan Inn in Banff the Classroom Session is on Saturdays or Tuesdays starting at 09:00am ending at 4:30am. On Classroom sessions we will cover:

  • The root causes of avalanches

  • Understanding basic weather concepts and patterns contributing to avalanche hazards

  • First-hand experiences from the instructors used for case studies

  • Group dynamics, risk tolerance, and discovering your personal mountain intuition

  • Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale ATES

  • Snow crystal growth and metamorphism (snow science)

  • Avalanche Canada daily Avalanche Bulletin

  • A quick intro to companion rescue and avalanche gear which will be covered during the field day

  • Open discussions and question periods among the class participants

  • Please bring any gear you own and have questions about to the classroom session.

Day 2: Practice

Field days will be held at Bow Summit or Vermilion Pass, in some cases due to conditions the field day location may change, this will be discussed in class.

Day two is spent in the field putting to use newly learnt skills:

  • Companion Rescue

    • Snowpack analysis and weak layer recognition

    • Group dynamics and management

    • Risk tolerance and mountain intuition

    • Terrain use and avoidance

    • Understanding changing mountain wx and the effects it has on the snow-pack

    • Skiing and riding the POW!



More info

All AST 1 Participants receive Avalanche Canada Curriculum and The Avaluator decision-making tool.

Students must have snowshoes, ski touring, or splitboard equipment for the field day. All avalanche safety equipment, shovel, probe, and transceivers are included in the cost if needed. AAA uses Mammut avalanche equipment. Maximum 8 students: 1 instructor on the field day.

Meeting point

Winsport Calgary, Alberta or Ptarmigan Inn, Banff.


Equipment you will need to bring





Watter bottle

Ski equipment

Climbing skins

Other gear: Skis, It is recommend to use a shorter (160 - 185cm) mid-fat to fat ski designed for powder and spring snow conditions Climbing skins 'Stick-on type' Ski Poles/ split boarders too Ski boots/ snowboard boots Snowshoes Avalanche beacon with fresh batteries Snow shovel Collapsible probe Daypack, 35-45 L Sunglasses and ski goggles Thermos flask and or water bottle Sun block & Lip Cream Pocket knife Headlamp with fresh batteries 1st-Aid Kit

About the guide

Alpine Air Adventures is an independent mountain guiding business run by Jeff Bullock. I am a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, with my training and certification through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.

We specialize in outdoor Banff adventures including: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses.

Based out of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alpine Air offers everything mountain. My main emphasize is to offer safe and unforgettable Banff adventures to my guests. With the allure of the mountains right at my doorstep I am always keen to take on any adventure and I am excited to have you along. Contact me to begin organizing your dream mountain ascent or descent.

What people are saying about Jeff Bullock

Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 274 Each

Group of 2

CAD 274 Each

Group of 3

CAD 274 Each

Group of 4

CAD 274 Each

Group of 5

CAD 274 Each

Group of 6

CAD 274 Each

Group of 7

CAD 274 Each

Group of 8

CAD 274 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Group equipment avalanche equipment

Price details


Pre-course logistics,

Avalanche Canada AvCan Curriculum with AvCan text and The Avaluator,

Avalanche Transceiver, shovel and probe,

ACMG/IFMGA Certified Ski & Mountain Guides,

CAA Certified Instructors,

AvCan Certificate of completion,

Spacious classroom to facilitate social distancing at Winsport or Ptarmigan Inn.


Pre/post accommodations,




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