Golden, BC - Field Sessions

AST 1 – 8 hour Hands-on Field Training

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Instructor student ratio 8:1
Field days may be added or canceled depending on the number of registered students.

It is recommended that you print the following information
CLICK HERE to download a printable .pdf with the GOLDEN FIELD details.

Quartz Creek Staging area – Golden, BC

(road conditions permitting, SCROLL DOWN to see the BACKUP PLAN below)
Arrive – 8:00 am
Class Start – 8:30 am Must be geared up, trail pass purchased (bring $25 cash) and ready to ride.
Days are short, class must leave on time.
Return Time ~ 5:30 pm (be prepared to come home in the dark)

Waivers will need to be completed at the staging area.
Click here to download a copy of the WAIVER at home.

Instructor – Trigger Point – (250) 814-7210
Meet in the upper Quartz Creek parking lot. Gather at instructor’s vehicle.
Look for white truck with Trigger Point logos.
Instructors and students will be traveling in on the groomed trail together.


  • All your avalanche gear – transceiver, probe, shovel (in a backpack on your back)
  • AVALUATOR – slope evaluation card (received in the classroom – $15 if you forget)
  • Companion Rescue Card (received in the classroom)
  • Warm clothes
  • Any emergency gear that you would normally bring on a day of riding
  • Lunch
  • The Golden Snowmobile club requires a $25 trail fee for Saturday if you are not a club member ($20 for other BCSF club members)
    Be prepared to travel home in the dark. Days are short this time of year.

Map & Directions from Golden

Quartz is approx 45 km west of Golden on Hwy#1, approx a 20 minute drive. Before arriving at Quartz you will cross a bridge and pass a highway rest stop that is on the left side of the road. Travel 3.7km past the rest stop. The highway widens to turning lanes and there is a small ‘snowmobile’ sign on the right side of the road at the Quartz turn off. The parking lot is located on the left side of the highway.
CLICK HERE to view a map to Quartz Creek

CLICK HERE to view a BC Highway Camera – positioned near the Quartz Creek bridge looking east. Elevation 1080m

Other important things to bring to the field session CLICK HERE
Need to rent some gear or a snow machine? CLICK HERE
Looking for the snow conditions or weather forecast? CLICK HERE
The Weather Network for Golden CLICK HERE


  • If Kicking Horse Canyon or Hwy #1 closes to the East of GOLDEN. Class will still run if the highways are closed! Please plan accordingly. You may have to take the alternate route from Hwy 1 through Radium…. lets hope not!!
  • If road closes to the West of GOLDEN – Ask the flagger if you can proceed through the closure to stage at Quartz.

a) Yes – field day proceeds at Quartz as scheduled. ***NOTE: if an accident/incident is farther to the west they usually allow avalanche classes through to Quartz Creek – you will have to ask the flagger!!

b) No-one allowed through closure to Quartz.

  • Back-up plan: MEET at Mountain Motorsports at 0730am sharp!
    - 910 9th St. North, Golden
  • CLICK HERE for Mountain Motorsport’s Website
  • this will get the group off the highway and away from traffic and allow us to make a new plan from there.

c) If the road closes and you are coming from the WEST…do your best…Please give us a call 250-814-7210. There is Telus cell reception at the Quartz parking lot (No Rogers mobile service though!)

To Register

To be redirected to the registration area, please CLICK HERE.

Be sure to select an AST1 classroom session as well.
To view a full listing of available classes please CLICK HERE.

Confirmed Registrations

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Host Hotel

Ramada Inn – Golden, BC
Phone: (250) 439-1888
Toll Free: 1-800-593-0511 Reservation only
Fax: (250) 439-1889
1311N. 12th St., Hwy #1
Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0, Canada

Ramada Golden website

CLICK HERE for a Google Map for the Ramada

This facility is easy walking distance to restaurants, lounges and fuel stations. Excellent truck/trailer parking in the open lot in front. Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room and deluxe continental breakfast.

Phone the hotel directly to book your room. There are limited rooms blocked off. In order to secure the special rates, please identify that you are a Snowmobiler with Zac’s Tracs avalanche class.

2015-16 Rates for sledders:
Standard 2 queen $89.00 + taxes ( based on double occupancy. Add $10 for each additional person)
2 Bedroom suites $129.00 + taxes ( based on double occupancy. Add $10 for each additional person)
These rates INCLUDE A GREAT BREAKFAST (waffles, cold boiled eggs, hot & cold cereals, bagels, fruit…)

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