Explore the backcountry - safely

Avalanche Courses

Knowledge is the key to staying safe in the backcountry

Whiteroom is the first and only company to offer Avalanche NZ courses in Japan and in Australia with our partners at Avalanche Training Australia.

At Whiteroom, we are passionate about backcountry skiing & riding and empowering backcountry enthusiasts to make informed decisions. That is why we offer certified Avalanche New Zealand accredited Avalanche Training courses in Australia and Japan.

Winter backcountry exploration opens a world of opportunity to experience the mountains & ski or ride untracked terrain.

When stepping out into the backcountry it is our responsibility to make decisions in order to keep ourselves, friends & family safe. Avalanche Training is an essential element for all winter backcountry enthusiasts.

courses in japan

2 Day Course: ¥ 28,000 pp
4 Day Course: ¥ 55,000 pp


  • Avalanche Awareness 2 Day Course
  • Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance 4 Day Course
  • Private Courses on Request

courses in australia

Avalanche Awareness

This 2 day programme provides essential introductory information for backcountry users, who need the basic knowledge required to help them make decisions about their personal safety when in avalanche terrain.


Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance

This 4 day course is designed for individuals who spend time travelling in an alpine environment, outside of ski area boundaries and focuses on applying the skills of personal preparation, route decision making and rescue skills.


Our experienced instructors bring a wealth of knowledge to each course ensuring you will leave with a balance of confidence and respect when entering the backcountry.


An Irish man who happened to land on his feet in the high alpine of NZ. Ronan has since made the mountains his home and Guiding, Ski Patrolling, Avalanche Training & Avalanche Forecasting his profession. Ronan has been one of the NZMSC’s National Avalanche Forecaster, managed Snow Safety and the Avalanche Program for Mt Hutt NZ, been a member of the NZ Avalanche Education Advisory Committee, trainer of both recreational and professional avalanche courses plus an Avy Search and Rescue Dog handler. For the past 7 years, Ronan has been with Whiteroom becoming our General Manager plus overseeing all guide operations, avalanche assessment, and forecasting. He looks forward to sharing his passion for the Mountains with you and enjoying some good turns together.

Ross Mcswiney

Ross heads up our Whiteroom Japan operations. He is responsible for establishing Whiteroom Guides and ensuring Whiteroom runs to the highest of standards. Ross has over 26 years experience as a Thredbo Ski Patroller, National Ski Patrol Trainer & Examiner, Australian Ski Patrol Advanced Emergency Care Course Trainer & Examiner, Avalanche Education Trainer,  plus has skied 19 years in Hokkaido & Northern Honshu, 13 as a professional ski guide.

He holds his NZ Avalanche Stage 1 Professional, Certificate IV Training & has been a professional  Avalanche Awareness and First Aid Trainer for many years.

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