Avalanche Skills Training (AST 2)

Avalanche Course - demonstration

Black Diamond Tours offers AST 2 in Niseko under the authority and with curriculum provided by Avalanche Canada but tailored to suit Hokkaido’s terrain and snowpack.

The Avalanche Skills Training L2 is a 4 day course. The course builds on the skills learned in AST 1 and is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience. AST 1 is a pre-requisite for Level 2 course unless proof of other relevant experience and training is provided.

This course is 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.

AST 2 Course Dates (¥ 55000/person):

2023/24 course dates 


Note: AST 1 certification is a prerequisite for this course.

Please note that participants should bring their own backcountry touring and avalanche safety equipment. If you do not have your own avalanche gear, please notify Black Diamond Tours to arrange rental equipment.

*Avalanche 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. Due to this, early season courses may be cancelled if there is insufficient snow. In the event of cancellation, Black Diamond Tours will contact all registered participants and either reschedule or offer a full refund (less any unrecoverable transaction fees).