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. 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.

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.

the ast1 + crs in hakuba

MAKE A RESERVATION2018-2019 Season: Dec – March

Location: Hakuba, Myoko (TBA), Nozawa(TBA)

Price:

AST 1 + CRS 3 days

¥43,500 (Hakuba)

¥45,500 (Myoko & Nozawa)

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2018-2019 Schedule

(EN = English, JP = Japanese):

Dec 2018 14th ~ 16th (EN) Hakuba / 21st ~ 23th (EN & JP) Hakuba
 Jan 2019 3rd ~ 5th (EN) Hakuba / 16th ~ 18th (EN) Hakuba
Feb 2019 13th ~ 15th (EN) Hakuba / 22nd ~ 24th (EN) Hakuba

Mar 2019

8th ~ 10th (EN) Hakuba / 15th ~ 17th (EN & JP) Hakuba

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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.

ast2 in hakuba

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RESERVATION
2018-2019 Season: Dec – March

Location: Hakuba

Price:

AST 2 + MAT 5 days ¥69,000

2018-2019 Schedule

(EN = English, JP = Japanese):

Jan 2019 7th ~ 11th (EN)
Feb 2019 25th ~ 1st Mar (EN)

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Resources

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):

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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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