ou have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry; this is a course for you.

An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field.

What you will learn in an AST 2:

  • progressive planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely through various types of terrain
  • key techniques for using the Danger Rating on a local scale
  • key techniques for applying the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model to develop personal, local terrain ratings
  • proficiently carry out a companion rescue

Location: Hakuba, Japan

December 2017: December 26th to 29th

March 2018: March 1st to March 4th