Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training


Anybody that is planning on venturing into the backcountry without a professional guide or instructor needs to have an understanding of snow stability and avalanche safety. This course simply merges our Backcountry Skiing - Intro course, our Avalanche Level 1 course, and our Winter Camping - Intro course.

This combination gives you a more comprehensive introduction to winter backcountry travel. With the skills and tools learned in this course, you'll be able to start venturing out into the backcountry on your own with confidence.


Skiing steep terrain in the backcountry.

Skiing steep terrain in the backcountry.  Danny Uhlmann

Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training


Day 1:  Backcountry Skiing - Intro course.

Learn the fundamental skills for moving with backcountry ski equipment in ungroomed terrain.

Day 2, 3, & 4:  Avalanche Level 1 course.

Learn crucial decision making skills and observation techniques to help mitigate your exposure to avalanche terrain. Learn rescue techniques in case a partner becomes caught in an avalanche.

Day 5 & 6:  Winter Camping - Intro course.

Learn techniques for staying warm and dry when camping overnight during the winter. Learn tour planning skills for successfull backcountry ski touring. Receive hands-on coaching and feedback.


Course OptionsAvalanche awareness is of paramount importance in the mountains.

Option 1 - Backcountry Intro, Avalanche 1 and Winter Camping Intro courses in 6 consecutive days.

This is a great option for skiers coming from out of town and want to get a solid block of instruction all at once. Also great for locals who have a solid block of availability.


Option 2 - Backcountry Intro on one weekend day, Avalanche Course the next weekend, then Winter Camping Intro the weekend after that.

This option is designed for skiers who want to avoid missing work days, but still want to get the most out of their training time. We've broken the curriculum up into three consecutive weekends.


Course Goals and Objectives

We seek to help you develop a good working knowledge of:

  • Ski touring gear
  • Trip planning and preparation
  • Transceivers and avalanche equipment
  • Travel techniques and decision making
  • Making relevant observations about avalanche conditions
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • An introduction to how avalanches form and release
  • Avalanche rescueTerrain analysis for uphill and downhill track laying
  • Use of map and compass
  • Tour planning
  • Winter camping skills
  • Skiing technique and personal skills assesment

Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training

Dates and Details

To plan your course, please follow these steps:

1.  Choose one of the following dates for your Avalanche 1 Course:

  • Dec 9 - 11, 2016 - FULL
  • Jan 6 - 8, 2017 - FULL
  • Jan 14 - 16, 2017 - FULL
  • Jan 27 - 29, 2017 - FULL
  • Feb 10 - 12, 2017 - FULL
  • Feb 18 - 20, 2017 - FULL


2.  Choose your date for the Backcountry Intro Course. Decide whether you want to do the Backcountry Intro day the weekend before your course, or you want to do it in a solid block of days. If you choose to do it the weekend before, it will be that Sunday. (Example: I want to do the Dec 9 - 11 Avy 1, so I can choose to do the Intro day on either Dec 4 or Dec 8)


3.  Choose your dates for the Winter Overnight. Again, this will either be the days directly following your Avalanche Course, or it will be the Saturday and Sunday of the next weekend (Example: I have chosen the Dec 9 - 11 Avy 1, so I can do the Winter Overnight on either Dec 12 - 13, or Dec 17 - 18)


4.  Once you have your dates figured out, click on the Register Online button on the right side of this page and fill out our Online Registration Form. On the form, indicate that you are signing up for the Combo course, enter your over-all start and finish dates, and then list out the specific courses in the notes section.




Minimum of 2 participants per section, per per group. Prices are available for private participants.  Contact us for details.

Max Ratio - 4:1 or 8:2 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 8



Intermediate or Advanced In-Bounds Skiing Ability (successfully and confidently ski blue runs at a ski area). Since we will be moving uphill under our own power, participants need to also be in good phyical condition.

Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training

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