As backcountry travel becomes more popular for skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers the ski area of Baldy Mountain Resort is doing its part to help keep people safe. Along with the Mt. Baldy Alpine Club, the resort will host an Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST1) on Dec. 28 & 29. The course teaches the basics of both travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche rescue. Local accredited backcountry expert Finbar O'Sullivan will instruct the course and follow a curriculum set by Avalanche Canada. Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued a formal certificate and qualification.