Take a course in Hakuba this season

Taking an Avalanche safety course is the first step when making a move into the Backcountry. Instructors Dave Enright, Bill Glude and Jon Conway are professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and between them have decades of experience instructing recreational & professional avalanche courses. The Avalanche Skills Training (AST) courses have been developed by the Canadian Avalanche Center and are considered the standard in recreational avalanche training. See below for course details & dates.

If the dates we have scheduled don’t work for you, and you have a group of 6 or more, contact us and we may be able to organize a special Avalanche Skills Training course for you.


The two day AST 1 course, plus a one day CRS (Companion Rescue Skills) course – both developed and authorized by Avalanche Canada. A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.

the ast1 + crs in hakuba

2017-2018 Season: Dec – March
Location: Hakuba


AST 1 + CRS 3 days

¥43,500 (Hakuba)

¥45,500 (Myoko)

2017-2018 Schedule (EN = English, JP = Japanese):

Dec 2017 15-17 (EN), 22-14 (JP)
Jan 2018 4-6 (EN)
Feb 2018 13-15 (EN), 20-22(EN)
Mar 2018

6-8 (EN), 10-12 (EN) at Myoko, 13-15 (JP)

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The four day AST 2 and the one day MAT course is developed and authorized by Avalanche Canada. The AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for traveling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

The MAT (Managing Avalanche Terrain) is a very focused field-based course designed to expand on the terrain management taught in the AST 1 course, and to develop more advanced winter backcountry travel skills. This course will help you mitigate your risk by honing your terrain evaluation and travel skills.

ast2 in hakuba

2017-2018 Season: Dec – March
Location: Hakuba


AST 2 + MAT 5 days ¥69,000

2017-2018 Schedule (EN = English, JP = Japanese):

Jan 2018 8-12 (EN)
Feb-Mar 2018 26-2 (EN)
Mar 2018 17-21 (JP)

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The Canadian Avalanche Center has a great online primer course to help you prepare.

We encourage you to study as much about avalanche safety as possible. Here are several articles by Evergreen Director Dave Enright of Evergreen to get you started (links go to the Evergreen Outdoor Center site):




More Information

Textbook, evaluator, two full days of instruction (one day indoors & one day in the field), BC insurance, tax.
16 or older.

AST 1, AST 1 + CRS:
Intermediate skier/snowboarder.

AST 2:
Advanced skier/snowboarder.


  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where avalanche bulletins are available.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources for obtaining avalanche danger ratings and avalanche bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.


Along with the Objectives for the AST 1 (see above), the CRS includes the following:

  • Consider and incorporate preventative measures.
  • Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche.
  • Understand the function of airbags.
  • Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills.
  • Apply search and rescue techniques.
  • Practice searching without a transceiver.
  • Consider multiple burial situations.
  • Organize a group rescue.
  • Identify post-incident considerations.


  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
  • Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.


Sign in at our base in the Wadanonomori Visitor’s Center, opposite the Mominoki Hotel.

Go to the Getting Here page for details

We have a fair cancellation policy which you will be well-informed of at time of booking.

Winter clothing for all conditions, warm hat or knit cap, goggles, gloves, skis, or board equipment, snowshoes or skins and climbing system, pack with shovel, probe, extra hat/gloves/vest, water, lunch and of course Avalanche Transceiver. Rentals available at discounted prices for course students. Prices per day are as follows:


General Price / Day Price for AST course participants Price for BC Tour participants
Beacon ¥3,300 ¥2,200 Included in Tour
Probe ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
Shovel ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
Backpack ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
BCA Airbag Backpack w/ air cylinder ¥3,300 ¥2,200 ¥1,500
BCA Air Cylinder (only) ¥1000 ¥650 ¥650
BCA Air Cylinder (refill/replace) *only cylinders from Japan ¥4,000 ¥4,000 ¥4,000
Poles ¥2,000 ¥1,500 ¥1,500
Snow Shoes ¥3,300 ¥2,500 ¥2,500
Skins ¥3,300 ¥2,500 ¥2,500
Alpine Trekkers ¥2,750 ¥1,250 ¥1,250
3 Piece companion set (beacon, shovel, probe) ¥5,500 ¥4,400 Included in Tour
5 Piece set (companion set + any 2 from above) ¥9,900 ¥7,150 N/A
Splitboard w/ bindings ¥6,600 ¥5,500 (skins included!) ¥5,500 (skins included!)
Powder Skis w/ touring bindings ¥6,600 ¥5,500 (skins included!) ¥5,500 (skins included!)
BCA Air Cylinder (only) 1 day = ¥1,000 1 day = ¥ 650 1 day = ¥ 650
2 day = ¥ 1,500 2 day = ¥ 1000 2 day = ¥ 1000
3 day = ¥ 2,000 3 day = ¥ 1,350 3 day = ¥ 1,350
4 day = ¥2,500 4 day = ¥ 1,700 4 day = ¥ 1,700
5 day = ¥ 3,000 5 day = ¥ 2,050 5 day = ¥ 2,050
6 day = ¥ 3,500 6 day = ¥ 2,400 6 day = ¥ 2,400
7 day = ¥ 4,000 7 day = ¥ 2,750 7 day = ¥ 2,750
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“I just wanted to write and say thanks. That course has provided me invaluable knowledge that I have been using most days. Cheers for passing on your knowledge and positivity, it means a lot. I’m in Hokkaido at the moment…I’ll see you next winter for the 5 day course and a beer.”Bronus (Sapporo)
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