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Damian Banwell

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Hakuba MountainLife

  • Locations

    Hakuba, Nagano, Japan

  • Activities

    Adventure, Backcountry Skiing

  • Guiding Experience

    12 years

  • Languages


  • Favorite Trip

    Advanced Hakuba Backcountry

Guide Bio

I am an adventure guide. I moved to Hakuba in 2008 and ski full-time in the backcountry. Through my very busy family guiding business, I offer professional small-group guiding and AST avalanche courses. We book out very quickly.

I’m a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides in the Ski Guiding stream and am also a professional member of both the Canadian Avalanche Association and the Japan Avalanche Network. I’m committed to renewing my Wilderness First Aid certification every three years.

To ensure fun, safe backcountry experiences, I focus on client care, technical guiding skills and thoughtful professionalism. I love it when it all comes together for my customers and work hard to make that happen.

In the Japanese off-season, I’m employed in the ski guiding industry in New Zealand.

Hakuba MountainLife

We are a very small family business in Hakuba, Japan. We offer a local backcountry magazine, backcountry guiding and AST 1&2 avalanche courses.

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