Avalanche Backcountry Course - 1

Avalanche Backcountry Course - 1

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Course Overview

For those exploring off-piste, an ABC 1 is essential. No prior experience required. Learn avalanche terrain recognition, forecast understanding, trip planning, and companion rescue in a minimum two-day ABC 1 with online/classroom and field components. Everyone in your group should take an ABC 1—it is the initial step to safe backcountry travel.

Learning Outcomes

In this avalanche course, you'll learn:

  1. Avalanche formation and release understanding, basics of trip planning, using forecasts to reduce risk, appropriate travel methods, and an introduction to companion rescue.
  2. Safe and efficient response to avalanche incidents.
  3. Single Victim Search.
  4. Effective use of probes for victim location.
  5. Efficient shoveling techniques and group organization.
  6. Techniques for locating victims without transceivers.
  7. Recognition and classification of avalanche terrain.


  • Self-study online 3-4hrs
  • 2 full days in the field
  • Small group size
  • CAA certified instructor
  • Big mountain terrain
  • Full companion avalanche rescue training
  • Pre-trip

    Prior self-study required (~2-4 hrs online).

  • Day 1 // 7AM-12PM

    Gather at 7:00am, travel to trailhead. Avalanche Rescue practice.

  • Day 1 // 12PM-5PM

    ATC 1 field training.

  • Day 2 // 8AM-4PM

    Full day in the field.

Equipment that you need to have

- Optimal skis: wide with touring or telemark bindings (at least 110 mm underfoot)
- Climbing skins

- Splitboard with skins (Limited rental splitboards available)
- Collapsible poles

Note: Snowshoes available for groups of 4. However, we can't pair snowshoers with splitboarders/skiers due to touring differences.

- 20-35L pack with ski/snowboard carrying capabilities (Airbag packs recommended)
- Avalanche transceiver
- Shovel
- Probe

A detailed equipment list will follow upon confirmed booking. Apply via our Expression of Interest form.

Instructor - Dhruv Sharma

Co-Founder of Avalanche Himalaya and Project Manager.

Certified: Avalanche Operations - I [Canadian Avalanche Association, British Columbia]

Duty Forecaster: Gulmarg Ski Patrol (2022- )

Avalanche Forecaster for Project Deepak - Baralacha La Pass (Border Road Organisation)

Experience of Training civilians and Indian Army Border Roads Organisation members.


What's included?

2 days of learning. Groups are small with a certified ACMG guide. Two FULL days in the field.

What's not included

Transportation, all food and accomodation

I have never backcountry toured before, is this for me?

YES! We look for people that are comfortable on skis or snowboards and a moderate to high fitness level. AH ABC courses are designed to apply standardize Avalanche Canada curriculum in big mountain terrain.

Is there any risk to taking this course?

Y-E-S. There is inherent risk in the activities we are partaking in. We are exposed to a remote and uncontrolled environment. It is vital to us that you understand what you are getting yourselves into. We use a waiver for you to understand these risks, use this document as a way to communicate to us that you understand. Expect to see a copy upon booking. We will have a fresh waiver for you to sign the first day. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions : AvalancheHimalaya@gmail.com

I don't have my own avalanche gear

You will have to rent or borrow from a friend. The whole idea is that we will educate you on the gear you have and use.
We can help you out with that!

Do you do custom trips/dates?

For the most part YES! We believe it's important to be on the same page as a touring group. We actually prefer group bookings. We are limited by instructor availability. The sooner we put a trip together the better.

Are snowboarders accepted?

Come-on, of course you are…encouraged even. Each trip we have a number of splitboarders. Make sure you have any extra bolts or parts specific for your set up.

Cancellations / refunds

We understand you’ve had something big come up (changed your millennial mind, you got bad frostbite, your loved one is making you go to your cousin's wedding) but we’ve saved you a spot. We can't just give you your money back. Here are your options // 1) Buy cancelation insurance, this makes it easy for everyone // 2) Excluding your non-refundable deposit, any amounts paid can be refunded or applied as credit at your discretion if you are making the cancelation 60 days or more in advance of the 1st day of the trip. // 3) If you are unable to attend a trip and notify us 14 days or less prior to the start of the trip, we have the right to keep full payment. 4)If you are unable to attend a trip and are able to fill with a substitute to fill your space, DO THAT!!