Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1)

Black Diamond Tours offers avalanche courses in Niseko, Hokkaido. As a certified AST training operation all of our courses follow the Avalanche Canada curriculum and are taught by certified AST Instructors.

AST 1 is a two day avalanche course designed to increase awareness and basic knowledge of  traveling in avalanche terrain. At the end of the course participants will be able to recognize avalanche terrain, conduct various tests to determine snow stability, and should an avalanche occur, perform a self- rescue.

Both courses are highly recommended to recreational skiers and boarders who intend to ski/ride in off-piste, sidecountry, or backcountry terrain. These courses are recognized by Avalanche Canada and participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Additional information on both courses can be found by visiting Avalanche Canada.

For Japanese courses, please click the link here.

2020/2021 Course Fees

Course Fee: 25,000yen per person

*Locals discount of 5000yen is available to all Japan residents. Please bring a valid foreign resident card or Japanese ID indicating your residency in Hokkaido to qualify.

Includes avalanche gear (beacon, probe, shovel, backpack) and touring skis or splitboards

2020/2021 Course Dates & Location

Course Location: Niseko Town Choumin Center

Dec 4 – 5

Dec 12 – 13

Dec 21 – 22

Dec 25 – 26

Jan 8 – 9  (Japanese Course)

Mar 1 – 2

Mar 5 – 6

Mar 12 – 13

Note: AST 1 certification is a prerequisite for AST 2.

Please email info@blackdiamondtours.com  for more information on our 2020/21 courses.

*These courses are weather dependent and may be cancelled as per our standard terms and conditions. In particular, some snow is required to achieve the course objectives so early season courses may be cancelled if there is insufficient snow. In the event of cancellation, BDT will contact all registered participants and either reschedule or offer a full refund (less any unrecoverable transaction fees).

Locals discount of 5000yen is available to all Japan residents. Please bring a valid foreign resident card or Japanese ID indicating your residency in Hokkaido to qualify