Where are you planning on riding? I will be in nagano area mostly and looking for split partners. Do you have rescue skills and gear?
I have all the avy gear(minus a float bag) and some experience from this past season splitting in the cascades. No official avy classes but the people that I toured with were certified mountain rescue and showed me the basic skills (beacon searches, probing, and digging techniques). Plus I fly medevac, so I'm pretty proficient in keeping people alive
As for where I'm going, still uncertain at this point. Where do you suggest?