Mountain Adventure Skills Training
Tuition and Equipment List

Season's Pass at Fernie Alpine Resort included in tuition. More skills courses included in tuition than any other Adventure Program.

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Canadian Students: $9996 + Student Association and Technology Fees
International Students (Canadian Funds) $15,200 + Student Association and Technology Fees

Tuition includes:

  • Group equipment - tents, ropes, rafts, canoes, kayaks, cooking equipment (except as noted on personal equipment list)
  • Transportation and accommodation during out-trips
  • Textbooks for core courses
  • Season pass at Fernie Alpine Resort
  • Free access to Fernie Campus climbing gym and computer lab

Not Included in Tuition
Students are responsible for the following costs/fees:

  • Personal equipment (see list below)
  • Out-trip food and equipment rental. Students are responsible for food and personal costs during out-trips.
  • Lodging in Fernie and personal expenses. The MAST program is based in Fernie, BC. There is no College residence available.

Equipment Requirements

The following personal equipment list is required by all MAST students. This equipment will, with care, last for years. Students may wish to delay purchase of equipment until program confirmation.  For good advice and introductory product knowledge check the ‘LEARN’ heading on the MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) web site..

Camping and Hiking Gear needed by September 1

  • Mountaineering Boots suitable for use with crampons (can be rented)
  • Good quality hiking boots for off trail serious mountain terrain
  • Down jacket, Down booties with winter use covers (a true luxury)
  • Head lamp, water bottle, camp eating utensils, bowl etc.
  • Compass with declination setting, recommend models: Suunto MC-2 or Silva Ranger
  • Outerwear, Gortex jacket and pants, soft shells and/or equivalent, lightweight and packable
  • Sun hat, toque, leather-palm winter ski gloves
  • Sunglasses and goggles (UV blocks)
  • Socks plus spares (wool or synthetic or blend, no cotton)
  • Insulative layers (polypro underwear, fleece, etc.) (no cotton)
  • Personal outdoor clothing (quick dry pants, all weather clothing) (no cotton)
  • Four-season sleeping bag (at least -18'C)(down is lighter and packs smaller)
  • Sleeping pad or Thermarest (ultra light model suitable for winter camping)
  • Multi day pack >70 litres
  • Day pack 40 litres - suitable to strap skis or snow board to with waist and sternum straps

Ski Touring Gear needed by November 1

  • Skis (recommended 90-105 mm waist, not twin tip) 
  • Back country touring bindings (recommend new Fritchi or Dynafit) OR Telemark set up OR
  • Split Board with touring specific bindings and 3 segment collapsible ski poles
  • Ski Touring boots suitable for bindings (should have vibram sole and excellent walk mode)
  • Touring / Climbing skins
  • Avalanche probe (minimum 280 cm)  CM markings, metal avalanche shovel - large blade
  • Digital (3 antennae)  avalanche  transceiver 

Rock Climbing Gear needed by September 1

  • 12m of 7 mm accessory cord 
  • One long sewn sling (runner): (120cm long)   
  • 5m 1" tubular climbing webbing
  • Rock climbing shoes - snug but not painful
  • Climbing helmet 
  • Climbing harness (with adjustable legs for winter use)
  • Four locking carabiners (one locking pear shaped auto locking, triple action gate)
  • Four non-locking carabiners - identical - and not bent gate
  • Belay device (suitable for a variety of rope sizes)

Whitewater Rafting/Canoeing/Kayaking Gear needed by April

  • PFD (Personal Floatation Device - Rafting/Canoeing specific - rescue model preferred)
  • Wet suit (3mm farmer john) and dry top (at minimum)  or Dry Suit (recommended)
  • 3mm Neoprene: gloves, socks, beanie and booties (good quality with strong sole)
  • Whitewater helmet - can be hockey helmet.
  • Accessories: whistle, water knife, throw bag,


  • This list does not include standard academic items such as texts, computer disks, etc.
  • This list refers only to technical equipment; clothing and other daily necessities are not included.
  • Students are urged to consider the most cost effective equipment purchases. Look for sale items, phone several shops and talk to experienced sales people.

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