Avalanche Safety Training
Take a course in Hakuba this season
Taking an Avalanche safety course is the first step when making a move into the Backcountry. 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.
AST 1 + CRS
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.
Due to the intensity of this course we recommend that participants join the Intro to Backcountry prior to attending the AST. This is not compulsory, however it will improve your experience on the AST course as you will have some prior knowledge. Anyone who has booked the AST will receive 20% discount for the Intro to Backcountry!
AST 2 + MAT
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.
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):
“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)