Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2)

Price: 59,000Yen/person 55,000Yen/person Discounted Locals Rate available to Japan 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.

2023 – 24 Course Schedule

Dec. 16 – 19, 2024

March 3 – 6,  2025

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


The AST 2 course starts at 8:30am and will run through until approximately 5pm each day unless otherwise discussed with course instructors during the course.

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 8:15am. 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)
  • 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 for duration of course)
  • Touring equipment: 12,000Yen (covers AT Ski or splitboard rental for the duration of course)

*Please note that step on snowboard boots are not compatible with our splitboard bindings.


  • 59,000Yen/person
  • Discounted locals rate of 55,000Yen available to all Japan residents. Please use discount code LOCALSAST2 to access this discount. Please bring your resident card or Japan issued ID for verification at course check in.
  • Some field days may require single ride tickets to access the backcountry. Any potential ticket purchases will be discussed in class based on conditions.