Avalanche Skills Training

Avalanche Training Saves Lives!

In BC’s northwest, we have some of the world’s finest opportunities for winter backcountry recreation. If you are going to play in the mountains – you have a responsibility – to yourself, your friends and your family to get avalanche training. Hyland Backcountry Services Ltd is one of the largest providers of avalanche courses in Northwest BC, with regular scheduled courses or custom private courses .We offer a variety of Avalanche Safety Courses that will fit your needs.

Avalanche Skills Training (AST)…Ski or Sled


Developed by Avalanche Canada, this course is for people new to backcountry travel, or those who have not taken any avalanche safety training. Courses are specific for skiers or sledders.

Courses are based in Smithers, giving us quick access to quality field trip locations with no long drives. We use the NWCC modern campus for our classroom facilities.

Custom or Private Courses can be scheduled at other locations CONTACT US to book a custom group course »

Students will learn to

  • Understand avalanche formation
  • Identify Avalanche terrain.
  • Trip planning.
  • Use of the Avaluator™
  • Use ATES terrain ratings
  • Safe travel in avalanche terrain
  • Rescue training

All courses include:

  • Avalanche Handbook
  • Avaluator 2
  • Certificate of completion
  • Professional instruction

Course Duration:

  • AST 1 PLUS  – 2.5 days (With an extra evening of class time, this gives us more time in the field for terrain travel
  • AST 1 Ski – 2 days
  • AST 1 Sled – 2 Days

Dates : See Sidebar or Upcoming Courses Page »


AST 1 Ski  $275 + GST

AST 1 PLUS Ski $299 + GST

AST 1 Sled $340+GST




AST  2

This is the course if you want to take the next step from the AST 1 or you have previous training or experience.

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Students will learn:

  • Advanced use of the Avaluator
  • In depth look at Terrain Management
  • Travel Techniques applied to Avalanche Hazard
  • Introduction to Snow Study & Specific Avalanche Problems
  • Introduction to Group Leadership
  • Group Rescue

Course Includes:

  • Course Handbook
  • Avaluator
  • Fieldbook
  • Professional Instruction
  • Certificate

Dates: January 24 – 27, 2019     ( 4 days -1 day classroom, 3 field days)

Group Size: Minimum 4 students / Maximum 6

Prerequisites: Students must have an AST 1 or previous related skills

Price: $675.00/ person + GST






AST Companion Rescue

A one day field based course teaching students to gain confidence in advanced skills to perform a companion rescue.

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Students will learn:

  • Single, multiple, & deep burial techniques
  • Understand advanced digital transceiver functions w new demo gear from local retailers
  • Maximize your equipment
  • Variety of mock rescue scenarios
  • Post rescue victim care & evacuation w demo rescue toboggans
  • Incident debriefs

Dates: December 15, 2018

Price: $175.00/person + GST

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Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course

TBD, 2020

Smithers, BC

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Private Guiding

Early season skiing!  Get out with our guides, enjoy fresh powder, tune up your touring skills, or practice your avalanche rescue.

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The Galleon - Guided Trip

This spring classic goes deep into the Babine Mtns Park. Conditions dependent, we will ski one of the classic couloirs visible from town.Trip participants must be very fit, and able to travel a long day of @ 30km & 1600m ascent.


Smithers, BC

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The 7000' - Guided Trip

The complex alpine tour starts from the ski area, through Big Simpsons Gulch, and down the Kathlyn Face. Participants must be strong and fit skiers. Early starts are required for this tour. This trip is very condition and weather dependent.


Smithers, BC

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Rocher Deboule Range Spring Basecamp

We will fly into the rugged Rocher Deboule Range and set up camp for the weekend. Participants will need to provide their own winter camping equipment, and should have previous experience with spring ski camping

Smithers, BC

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