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Avalanche Awareness

An essential 2-day introductory course for backcountry users

The 2 day Avalanche Awareness 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.

The course provides foundation knowledge only and we recommend that course participants travel in the backcountry with experienced leaders until they have gained sufficient understanding of avalanche phenomena to make sound judgements for themselves.

The course comprises a theory session & field days. Field days are focused on practical work on snow.


¥ 28,000 pp

DATES: 2023/2024

  • Niseko
    Dec 9/10, Dec 14/15, Dec 20/21, Jan 2/3, Feb 29/Mar 1 
  • Furano
    Jan 6/7, March 6/7


Avalanche Awareness

An essential 2 day introductory course for backcountry users who need the basic knowledge required to help them make decisions about their own safety, whilst promoting the principles of group-based decision making when in avalanche terrain.


2 DAY COURSE details - japan


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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