Avalanche Safety course in Japan

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Become a Japan backcountry expert


Can you not let go of the thought of off-piste skiing in Japan? Well then imagine how fun it is when you are an expert on avalanche safety, ski touring and snow conditions!

This Avalanche Skills Training course is an introduction course, which will open the door for a safe winter in Japan with your friends in the off-piste. The AST 1 course is just the beginning of a lifelong avalanche learning process. Many backcountry interested have a great experience with the course since it covers the most essential knowledge and training that is necessary for skiing out of bounds. The course material you’ll receive is provided by Avalanche Canada who also help our instructors with the off piste course in Canada.


Where does the course take place?


When you are on your season as a ski or snowboard instructor you have the possibility of taking a couple of days off at your destination to focus 100 % on your avalanche course. Usually more instructors at each destination wish to improve their off piste skills with an avalanche course and therefore we try to pair the instructors at the same destinations so it’s possible to practice with and learn from each other. Because of this we don’t know in advance where the course will take place but this will be informed in time. The AST 1 course takes place from 9am to 5pm two full days with both classroom teaching and field trips. The avalanche course will take place after your level 1 ski or snowboard course but still early enough to kick start the winter in a safe and responsible way when you go out of bounds.


What will you learn?

  • Avalanche formation and release
  • Identify avalanche terrain
  • Basic trip planning
  • Optimal use of avalanche equipment
  • Use of right alpine terrain technique
  • Introduction to companion rescue


What do you need to bring?

  • Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Touring gear (ski and skins or splitboard and skins) – can be rented
  • Regular ski and snowboard equipment
  • Extra goggles and gloves for field trip
  • Extra layer for field trip
  • Additional gear will be explained at the classroom discussions



What is not included?

  • Meals during the course
  • Possible housing during the course
  • Equipment such as avalanche gear and touring gear
  • Pocket money and other not mentioned above




At Snowminds, we take pride in offering everyone with the right passion and attitude the opportunity to become part of our community of ski and snowboard instructors.  


Basically, we expect you to:


  • Possess good skiing or snowboard skills
  • For snowboarders, you must bring a split board
  • Outgoing, positive, motivated, and responsible
  • Feel good working with children, young people and adults alike
  • Enjoy teaching and being challenged
  • Speak English at a conversational level
  • At least 18 years old

There is great interest in this course and therefore available positions fill-up quickly. Generally, we operate on a “first come – first served” principle. That means the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are to join the team. You can apply here.




What are the main goals and learning outcomes of the course?

We simply strives to make sure that by the end of the course, all learners will be able to:

  1. State the nature of avalanches
  2. State the hazards of avalanches
  3. Describe and classify avalanche terrain
  4. Describe the properties of the
    mountain snowpack
  5. Describe, collect & record weather data
  6. Collect & record snowpack data
  7. Collect avalanche occurrence data
  8. State the factors and methods used in avalanche hazard evaluation
  9. Apply risk control methods
  10. Conduct avalanche search and rescue
  11. Describe the scope of practice for L1 ski operations

Is this course right for me?

Our team believes it’s always important to ask yourself whether a course makes sense for you and meets your expectations. We encourage you to give us a call to discuss your fitness for the course and your personal goals to determine whether the course is a good fit. To get the conversation started, you can reach us at the following numbers:

UK: +44 113 320 8847
AU: +61 488 844 708
NZ: +64 488 803 20

Course Price

Course Icon Avalanche course in Japan

Course Icon 200

Course Icon Next application deadline: May 1st!

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