Fernie AST1 Field Sessions

Fernie AST1 Field Training – 8hrs Hands-On Mountain Course

Meeting Time –
~8:00am unload, sign out gear, purchase trail passes ~$25 cash
8:30 am – Class start. Please be geared up and ready to ride for this time.
Return Time ~ 5:30 pm MST (Be prepared to return in the dark!)

Meeting Location –  Coal Creek Staging Area
(Scroll down for driving directions)

When traveling from your home or hotel please allow enough time to account for road conditions, closures due to road maintenance, avalanche control and vehicle accidents. Class will still run if the highways are closed! Please plan accordingly.

CLICK HERE to view available field dates
Choose ONE field day for the practical exercises.
All field classes will run with a maximum of 8 students per instructor.
Field days may be added or canceled depending on the number of registered students and instructor availability.

Book asap as these Fernie dates fill quickly.

If your schedule allows, we recommend that you choose a Monday or a Friday for your field session as Saturday and Sundays are typically our largest groups.

The AST1 Classroom session must be completed before attending this field session.
CLICK HERE to register for a classroom session

Coal Creek Staging Area – Fernie, BC

Fernie Snowmobile Staging areas

Snowmobile areas near Fernie, BC

Directions: From Highway #3, turn east towards downtown on 4th street, cross tracks, turn right on Pine Ave, follow road as it transitions through residential neighborhood and turns into Cokato Road, turn left on Coal Creek Road. Follow road for approximately 3.5 kilometers to staging area (just past the Rod and Gun club).

Gather up near Jason Gooch’s 1-ton truck/deck with a couple Polaris sleds!  😉

Groomed Trail: 16 km from staging area to cabin.

Fernie Snowmobile Association:  Coal Creek / Rolling Hills riding area details 

The lot is a good size but please park efficiently in order that our students and public can all fit without too much stress.

Call Lori at 403-850-3042 if you have any questions.

NOTE:  If you are looking for areas to ride on the days following your avalanche course consider following these links:


  • All your avalanche gear – transceiver and backpack with probe and shovel (air bags not necessary)
    • Contact us if you need to borrow any gear for the day – Lori, 403-850-3042
  • AVALUATOR – slope evaluation card (received in the classroom – $15 if you forget)

    Companion Rescue Card

    Avaluator -Slope Evaluation

  • Companion Rescue Card (received in the classroom)
  • Warm clothes, thick soled boots for standing on the snow all day
  • Any emergency gear that you would normally bring on a day of riding
  • Lunch, thermos with hot beverage. NO ALCOHOL (Expect a ‘working lunch’. Eat while listening, snack between exercises. We will not access the cabin or a fire for lunch.)
  • ~$25 cash for trail fees
  • We will be completing NEW waivers in the parking lot. We recommend that you tear out the waiver from your classroom workbook or download a copy by CLICKING HERE If you print, read and fill out your contact details beforehand you can bring the completed waiver to the staging area and one of your instructors will act as your witness. We will bring copies of the waiver to the staging area however it is a bit nicer for you to complete the paperwork ahead of time rather than in the snow!


Not quite sure what else to bring to the field session? CLICK HERE
Need to rent some gear or a snow machine? CLICK HERE

HOST HOTEL – Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge

Email: info@bestwesternfernie.com
Book your hotel rooms in advance and ask for 2017-18 Special Rates for Zac’s Students – $144.00 for standard 2 queen room (double occupancy), includes full hot breakfast, wireless internet, indoor swimming pool, indoor & outdoor hot tub, fitness room and ample parking (overflow parking in Extra Foods Parking lot).
CLICK HERE for map at www.bestwesternfernie.com

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