Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1)

30,000Yen/person 25,000Yen/person Discounted Locals Rate on December & March Courses

Includes course materials, 2 full days of instruction and certificate upon successful completion

This 2 day introductory avalanche course is designed as the first step for winter recreationalists interested in spending time in the backcountry. It is highly recommended that you take this course before you consider travelling in avalanche terrain. The curriculum is provided by Avalanche Canada and covers essential backcountry travel skills such as companion rescue, terrain evaluation, formation of avalanches, trip planning and many other critical skills to help you make informed decisions.

This is a certified course offered under the authority of Avalanche Canada. Please visit their website for additional details on this course along with a number of other great learning resources.

2023 – 24 Course Schedule

  • Course Dates / Location / Language
  • Dec. 7 & 8, 2024 / Niseko / English
  • Dec. 11 & 12, 2024 / Niseko / English
  • Dec. 14 & 15, 2024 / Niseko / English
  • Dec. 21 & 22, 2024 / Niseko / English
  • Jan. 2 & 3, 2025 / Niseko / English
  • March 1 & 2, 2025 / Niseko / English

**25,000Yen locals discount rate available on December & March courses for all residents of Japan! Please use the coupon code LOCALSAST1 in the checkout process to access this discount.

Please bring your resident card or Japan issued ID for verification at course check in.

Additional course dates will be added as these courses fill. Please contact us if you are interested in taking a course but these dates don`t work for you or if you have a group of 5 or more people interested in a private course.


AST 1 courses start at 9:00am and run through until approximately 5pm each day.

Location and Access

We utilize several different classroom locations in the Niseko area. The location of each course is determined depending on the number of participants registered. All of our classroom locations are located within a 15 minute drive of Hirafu however none of the classroom locations are within walking distance.

We offer a free shuttle from Hirafu Seicomart to the course location with pick up at 8:45am. You will be able to request a shuttle at the time of booking.

Required Equipment

  • Avalanche rescue equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack)
  • Ski touring equipment (AT skis and skins for skiers and snowshoes or splitboard for snowboarders) – rental available*
  • Regular ski / snowboard wear
  • Spare goggles and gloves for field day
  • Extra layers for field day
  • Additional gear details will be provided with pre-course information and discussed in trip planning classroom sessions

Rental Gear

If you don`t have your own backcountry equipment, Rising Sun offers discounted rentals to all course participants as follows:

  • Avalanche safety kit as needed for the course: 2000Yen
  • Alpine Touring ski as needed for the course: 4000Yen
  • Splitboard rental as needed for the course: 4000Yen (Please note that step on snowboard boots are not compatible with our splitboard bindings)
  • Snowshoes and poles as needed for the course: 2000Yen (Available to snowboarders only instead of splitboard)