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Hokkaido Backcountry Skills Courses


AIARE Avalanche Level 1 and Hokkaido backcountry touring skills

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Hokkaido Backcountry Skills Courses


AIARE Avalanche Level 1 and Hokkaido backcountry touring skills

Backcountry Ski Skills

The Lure of the Backcountry

In this day and age of powder hunting skiers, the resorts can soon become hard pack (even in Japan!). Yet beyond the ropes, glades of deep powder tempt with their untracked lines and promise of head shots.

We have been skiing and guiding in this soft snow nirvana all of our skiing lives, its in our DNA.  And this powder paradise is also within your reach with the right training and skill set.

Alpine Backcountry Guides are pleased to offer skills based ski courses for anyone wishing to learn the skills of this powder skiing paradise. You can simply take an AIARE Level 1 avalanche course, or join our full 7 day Backcountry 101 skills course, where not only will you learn the avalanche skill set, but also a full range of backcountry tips, secrets and skills that will help you explore in relative safety, the stunning world of backcountry skiing. 

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Hokkaido Avalanche Course


Aiare avalanche course in Furano and central Hokkaido

Hokkaido Avalanche Course


Aiare avalanche course in Furano and central Hokkaido

Hokkaido AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course(NOT AVAILABLE 2018)

This is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs & someone in the party is caught).
A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and to give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future AIARE 2 course.


Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  1. Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  2. Recognize avalanche terrain.
  3. Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  4. Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

 

Avalanche Forecaster & Trainer, Al Mandell, with guiding students.

Avalanche Forecaster & Trainer, Al Mandell, with guiding students.


Student Prerequisites

  1. Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. There are no other prerequisites.
  2. Required equipment list for all avalanche courses will be sent on receipt of application.
  3. For more information visit http://avtraining.org/aiare-level-1/.

Course Details

  1. AIARE L1 # 1:     Jan 18-20    $540 (NOT AVAILABLE 2018)
  2. AIARE L1 # 2:     Jan 29-31    $540 (NOT AVAILABLE 2018)

Includes: Qualified avalanche trainer and forecaster with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. (AIARE); beacon, shovel, probe; all course materials.
Not included: All items of a personal nature; skis and ski gear (10% discount hire available); accommodation; transport; travel insurance (compulsory); meals; alcohol.

Student Ratio: 8/1
Meet Location: Furano.

 

Hokkaido Backcountry Skills 101


7 days Course. Learn the skills required to travel safely through the backcountry, including AIARE L1 Avalanche Course

Hokkaido Backcountry Skills 101


7 days Course. Learn the skills required to travel safely through the backcountry, including AIARE L1 Avalanche Course

Hokkaido Backcountry 101 - Skills Course

This exciting 7 days of backcountry skiing and learning will suit any skier wishing to discover and explore the skills necessary to safely travel and enjoy the world of backcountry skiing. Over the 7 days our instructors will also cover the full curricuclum for the AIARE avalanche Level 1 course (as per above).
You will learn the skills required for backcountry travel and skiing from experts who have worked professionally in the field and who are qualified trainers. You will get the chance to enhance your knowledge of Alpine Touring skills and equipment .
The course will initially be based in Furano. You will ski the very best of central Hokkaido. Areas covered may include the resorts and nearby backcountry of Furano, Kamui, Asahi Dake and Tomamu. You may also ski the amazing backcountry of the Tokachi range and other less visited locations.
Whether you wish to improve your general abilities or just wish to enhance your existing backcountry skill level to ski with your friends or group, contact us to reserve your place on this skills course.


Prerequisites

You should be a strong skier on and off piste to get the most out of this skills course.  A good level of fitness is also required.

Alpine Backcountry Head Guide John Morrell teaching backcountry skills, Tokachi Mts.

Alpine Backcountry Head Guide John Morrell teaching backcountry skills, Tokachi Mts.


Course Details

  • BC 101 # 1:      Jan 1-8        $2990
  •  BC 101 # 2:     Jan 21-28    $2990

Includes: Qualified ski guide and avalanche trainer throughout; daily transfers;  7 nights share accommodation: avalanche course materials; beacon, shovel, probe.
Not included: All items of a personal nature; meals; skis and ski gear (10% discount hire available); travel insurance (compulsory); lunches; alcohol.
Guide Ratio: 6/1.   
Meet Location: Furano.