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 – it’s our business. We are also passionate about 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

2 Day Course: ¥25,000 pp
4 Day Course: ¥55,000 pp


  • Avalanche Awareness 2-day course
  • Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance 4-day course
  • Private Courses on Request

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.


Starting his career in ski patrolling with over 10 seasons at Mt Hutt in New Zealand as well several in America , Canada and now 3 seasons with Whiteroom in Japan, Ronan is an accredited avalanche forecaster and trainer. He oversees our guiding operations and manages our avalanche forecasting network and education programs in both Japan and Australia.

Ross Mcswiney

Ross has over 24 years experience as a Thredbo Ski Patroller, National Ski Patrol trainer and examiner plus skied 17 years in Hokkaido, 10 as a ski guide. He holds his NZ Avalanche Stage 1 Professional, Remote/Advanced Resus/Occupational First Aid and is also an Avalanche Awareness and First Aid Trainer.

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