McBride AST1 Field Sessions for Sledders

McBride AST1 Field – 8 hour Hands-on Mountain Training

Meeting Time –
~8:00am unload, sign out gear, purchase trail passes ~$20-25
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 –
Lucille Staging Area

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 McBride 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

Lucille Staging area – McBride, BC

For McBride info CLICK HERE 
Turn left (south) off Hwy 16 into the town of McBride. Travel down main street through town and turn left at old CN station (a T intersection at 1st Ave). Follow road as it curves under the railway overpass and road becomes Sansom Road. Continue approx 2km along road to a ‘T’ and take a left onto Lucille Mtn Road. Continue a few hundred meters to the staging area.

Please be geared up and ready to ride for 8:30 am! We will meet in the Lucille Staging Area.
You should see a bright colored Zac’s Tracs flag.

Instructors –
Mac Cochrane – white truck and a SkiDoo pulling a toboggan.
Will Chitty – white F150 truck with Polaris


  • 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
    • Let the attendant know that you are completing the AST1 and VARDA may reduce your trail pass by $10! Please bring correct change and thank them for their generosity!
      VARDA has supported Zac’s avalanche classes for many seasons!
  • 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!

CLICK HERE for the minimum gear we suggest for a field training day
CLICK HERE for recommended backcountry gear for riding days

To Register


Confirmed Registrations

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