Hakuba MountainLife is a small family business in Hakuba, Japan. We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality in the three things we do.
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Backcountry Guiding

Our valued customers come to Hakuba for the backcountry, and book months in advance. More>>

Avalanche Courses

AST 1 & 2 avalanche courses over longer duration and with smaller classes to maximize your learning and enjoyment. More>>

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About Hakuba MountainLife

We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality. To achieve this goal, we do certain things: we remain a well organized and thoughtful small family business - we do not grow for the sake of growth, and we put customer experience before profit. We pursue continued training and professional development every year, no matter the expense or inconvenience. We work with people who are better than us and learn from them. We seek and act on customer feedback. We recognize our limitations and act within them. We keep things simple. If it isn't fun, we don't do it. We forget our ego, pride and greed and we never use fluff and hype in our marketing. Most of all, we love backcountry skiing, but safety comes first.

Damian


Hi, I'm damian. I guide backcountry tours, instruct avalanche courses, and am the editor of Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. I am an Apprentice Ski Guide member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). I have completed the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 and am a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and also the Japan Avalanche Network. I'm licensed by Avalanche Canada to instruct their AST Level 1 and 2 avalanche courses. Every 3 years I re-certify my 80 hour Wilderness First Aid training. I also have postgraduate education in Economics, along with previous work experience in a competitive professional industry, and was once a commissioned officer in the military. In the Japan off-season I am employed in the New Zealand guiding industry.

Mio


Mio arranges logistics for the courses, and works on layout, design and translation of our own Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. The magazine would be impossible without her enormous effort, energy and enthusiasm. She skis every weekend during the season, and enjoys backcountry skiing in spring. Mio also has extensive graduate and postgraduate education in science and business, and professional work experience with highly demanding technologies.


Latest MountainLife Blog Post

Operational Risk Management

We are a backcountry guiding operation, and safety comes first, always. In this blog we describe some of our daily risk management routine. This has been daily habit for several years now, whether we are guiding that day or not. This is what we believe to be the minimum required professional standard of care owed to paying guided customers. Do not assume everyone does this.