Posted by: hokkaidopowderguides | February 11, 2014

Avalanche Skills Training in Niseko

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A second AST has just been completed with Yoshiko instructing on the course and 8 students.

The first day was held at a resort to learn beacon search techniques, methods of probing and shovelling. In the afternoon, everyone heads off on a sidecountry trip and learns various snow stability tests.

After a hot spring an evening theory session commences which looks in more details at the formation and nature of avalanches and factors which affect the snow pack.

Everyone heads out on a short half day backcountry tour on day two which concentrates on navigating in avalanche terrain. In the afternoon everyone participates in an avalanche scenario before the course wrap up.


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