Avalanche Skills Training – Level 2

55,000Yen/person 5000Yen locals discount available to Hokkaido residents!

AST 2: This 4 day course builds on the foundations of AST 1 and is the next step in your avalanche education. Course objectives include progressive planning and safe travel techniques, increased proficiency in companion rescue, use of the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES system) and use of the Avaluator 2.0 as a decision making tool.

This is a certified course offered under the authority of Avalanche Canada. Additional course details along with a number of other great learning resources can be found on the Avalanche Canada website.

Course fee includes course materials and 4 days of instruction.

Backcountry touring equipment is required but not included in the course price. Splitboards are highly recommended for snowboarders. More info below.

2020 – 21 Course Schedule

Dec. 13 – 16, 2020

Dec. 22 – 25, 2020

March 3 – 6, 2021

Additional course dates may be added on request if there is sufficient interest.

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)
  • Regular ski / snowboard wear
  • Spare goggles and gloves
  • Extra layers to stay warm in the field
  • 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 rental equipment at discount rates for course participants.

  • Avalanche safety equipment: 4000Yen (covers rental as needed for duration of course)
  • Touring equipment: 6000Yen (covers AT Ski or splitboard rental as needed for duration of course)


  • Course cost is 55,000Yen/person
  • Some field days may require single ride tickets to access the backcountry (max 2000Yen/person)
  • 5000Yen locals discount available to Hokkaido residents on 2020-21 courses!