AST1 COURSE - Mt Hotham (VIC) 2 day course - July 17 & 18


If you are serious about progressing your snowboarding beyond the resorts, then you need to be serious about BackCountry Safety. 

There are no shortcuts to this process of acquiring the necessary knowledge and experience to venture in & out of bounds safely.  And if you ask anyone experienced in BackCountry travel, the first crucial step in acquiring this knowledge is attending an Avalanche Skills Training (AST) course.  These AST courses are offered in different levels (1, then 2, then Operations, and so on), and when fulfilled in their entirety they culminate into the theory needed to become a certified Backcountry Guide.  And so in order to ensure you remain capable of the correct decision-making while the backcountry (especially as your riding and terrain ambitions progress), it is imperative that you start this Avalanche Skills Training, and continue to upskill your knowledge with more courses further down the road. 

Let's Split & Twelve Boardstore are thrilled to partner with Alpine Access Australia to offer some Avalanche Canada (premiere & globally recognized) certified AST courses.  Our AST1 course consists of two days (one in the classroom and one on snow).  Our aim here is to make sure that the necessary skills and information are completely retained.  Practise Makes Perfect.  And your family and friends will thank you for it.   AST1 is a two-day course – 1 day in the classroom, and 1 day out in the backcountry - with the classroom day run in Harrietville, and the on-snow day run in the Mt Hotham Backcountry (Victoria)

What you will learn in an AST 1 course:
- avalanche formation and release
- identify avalanche terrain
- the basics of trip planning
- optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
- use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- companion rescue using beacon, shovel, probe
We also incorporate into the field day of our course an emphasis on backcountry touring technique, safe touring in the Australian backcountry, and touring etiquette.

The participants on our courses are always a diverse group with one main thing in common, a passion for the mountains and a desire to learn the skills and knowledge to be safe in the backcountry. This makes for a fun, stimulating & challenging two days. 

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 

Course Dates
- Course 1: July 17th & 18th 2021 

Course Cost 
- $470 per guest (includes 2-day course and accommodation)  

Course Location
- Harrietville, Vic (classroom)
- Mt Hotham Backcountry, Vic (on-snow) 

- Feathertop Chalet (Twin Share, Linen Provided) 

Course Size 
- limited to 16 people per course