Valemount AST1 Field Sessions for Sledders

Valemount 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!)

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 Valemount 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

Clemina Creek Staging area – Valemount, BC

CLEMINA CREEK riding area. For info CLICK HERE
The large parking lot and trail-head are located east of Highway 5, approx 30km south of Valemount. If you see Allan Creek Snowmobile Staging area on the right hand side you have traveled ~5km too far.
(road conditions permitting, SCROLL DOWN to see the BACKUP PLAN below)

Please be geared up and ready to ride for 8:30 am! We will meet in the staging area of Clemina Creek.
We are usually parked in the upper parking lot. You should see a bright colored Zac’s Tracs flag.

Instructors – 
Mac Cochrane – white truck and a SkiDoo pulling a toboggan.
Will Chitty – white truck with enclosed trailer and a Polaris may/may not be pulling a toboggan.






  • 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


If Hwy 5 south of Valemount is closed due to road maintenance or an accident please ask the flaggers if you can travel to the Clemina Parking lot.
Yes – field day proceeds at Clemina as scheduled. ***NOTE: if an accident is farther to the south they usually allow avalanche classes through to Clemina – you will have to ask the flagger!
No – If no-one allow through road closure to Clemina please meet on the service road near the SHELL fuel station on the west side of Highway 5 at 7:30am sharp!*
805 S Hwy 5, Valemount. This will get the group off the highway and away from traffic and allow us to make a new plan from there. PLEASE NOTE: If your instructors are not waiting for you at the Shell they will likely have left town prior to 7:00am and may be ahead of the closure. Please contact Zacs at the numbers below and proceed to Clemina as soon as closure lifts. Instructors do carry Sat Phones and will check in with the base if troubles gathering up students.

If you experience road closures elsewhere…do your best…please give us a call 403-850-3042 or 403-804-3886 to give us a heads up to your situation.

Snowmobile Information relevant to Valemount

VARDA – Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association
For more info contact VARDA directly
Phone: 250-566-4817

CLEMINA CREEK riding area


THE WEATHER NETWORK – town of Valemount

Rogers Cell phones do not work in Valemount
Telus Cell phones will work in Valemount
Cell phone service cuts out a few miles outside of Valemount. Satellite phones and GPS emergency communication units are recommended as risk management tools.

HOST HOTEL – Cougar Mountain Lodge B&B

Book your hotel rooms in advance, say you are with Zacs Tracs –
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Save 10% on all inclusive rate or booked by November 15 

Quaint and cozy rooms nestled in the heart of Robson Valley.
Enjoy a full breakfast with your choices of
Waffles, Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs Benedict, and much, much more.

They also have the loyalty program, stay for 5 nights and
get the 6th night for free. The nights don’t have to consecutive,
the stays just keep adding up.
For more information CLICK HERE to be redirected to their website.


“Kevin, Justina and little Paige are wonderful hosts and make you feel right at home!  Every morning there is a big homemade breakfast of your choice waiting for you at your select time… Monica recommends the french toast and blueberries (;  And for lunch on the hill, a full lunch packed for you filled with lots of goodies, even a thermos of chili or beef stew! The good food doesn’t stop there, come home after a long day of riding to ANOTHER home cooked meal! The hospitality is endless! We had a wonderful stay and hope you book and enjoy it as well! … Oh and there’s a hot tub as well(; !” – Zacs Team

Chose a different accommodations but still want amazing home cooked food, check out the Swiss Bakery!


Swiss Bakery

Awesome food packed and prepared specially for sledders!! CASH ONLY
Swiss Bakery website

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