Backcountry Connections

$195.00
In this full-day advanced course, we’ll use scenario-based learning to dive into finding appropriate backcountry partners, making consensus-based decisions and address how to manage group dynamics with various personalities. You will walk away from this course with a toolkit of resources to use when finding partners, communicating and managing group discussions and decisions in the backcountry. This course is ½ classroom learning and ½ touring — be prepared to be inside learning then go for a ~2.5 hour tour. This course is intended for individuals with 2+ years of touring experience. Completion of an AIARE rec 1 prior to taking this course is helpful but not necessary.
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A good tour day starts with good backcountry partners, and communication and problem solving skills are extra helpful tools for backcountry travelers to help make tours successful and fun. In this full-day, six-hour field course will cover the following topics:

 

  • How to find backcountry partners that suit your risk tolerance, goals, and abilities

  • What questions to ask yourself and potential partners before heading out on a tour

  • Resources to use for facilitating consensus-based decision making

  • Basic understanding of the 4 archetypal backcountry personalities that are commonly expressed when in group situations

  • Tools to use when interacting with these personalities in group situations

 

We strongly recommend 2+ years of touring experience or  AIARE 1 (or equivalent) prerequisite, as this course uses AIARE terminology. 

 

What this course is NOT:

  • Not an intro to BC skiing – understand how to use your gear before this course

  • Not a long tour day with lots of laps – about ½ of the day will be spent touring and riding

  • Not a physically challenging course – expect to tour and ride intermediate terrain at a manageable pace

  • Not a rescue course – no instructions on using rescue gear will be given, nor will we practice avalanche rescue

  • Not an AIARE prereq – completion of this course is NOT a prerequisite for any AIARE courses

  • Not an AIARE course – no certificate is given for completion of this course.

 

Course specifics: Students will participate in scenario-based learning, focusing on communication and facilitation tools. The group will tour for half of the course, with the majority of the lessons being discussion-based and indoors. Please come prepared with an N-95 or equivalent quality mask for the indoor portion of this class (~2.5 hours). Familiarity with touring equipment is required. Your instructors are AIARE trained and certified teachers, with ample experience instructing both classroom and field courses. 

 

Please note: All participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel, and probe to leave the base area and participate in a course. Equipment rentals are available, and we recommend booking those in advance. Courses do not include access to the mountain — each participant in your group must reserve a day pass in addition to your course unless you have a Season Pass or are using part of a 4 Pack or 10 Pack.

 

We target a 6:1 maximum student-to-instructor ratio to ensure you get personal attention and reduce COVID risks. If you are interested in this course for a larger group, please contact info@bluebirdbackcountry.com and we’ll arrange a private, tailored course to fit your needs. If this course does not have at least 3 students signed up, Bluebird Backcountry reserves the right to cancel the course. Bluebird will contact you with at least 5 days advance notice should this happen. 

 

Description

A good tour day starts with good backcountry partners, and communication and problem solving skills are extra helpful tools for backcountry travelers to help make tours successful and fun. In this full-day, six-hour field course will cover the following topics:

 

  • How to find backcountry partners that suit your risk tolerance, goals, and abilities

  • What questions to ask yourself and potential partners before heading out on a tour

  • Resources to use for facilitating consensus-based decision making

  • Basic understanding of the 4 archetypal backcountry personalities that are commonly expressed when in group situations

  • Tools to use when interacting with these personalities in group situations

 

We strongly recommend 2+ years of touring experience or  AIARE 1 (or equivalent) prerequisite, as this course uses AIARE terminology. 

 

What this course is NOT:

  • Not an intro to BC skiing – understand how to use your gear before this course

  • Not a long tour day with lots of laps – about ½ of the day will be spent touring and riding

  • Not a physically challenging course – expect to tour and ride intermediate terrain at a manageable pace

  • Not a rescue course – no instructions on using rescue gear will be given, nor will we practice avalanche rescue

  • Not an AIARE prereq – completion of this course is NOT a prerequisite for any AIARE courses

  • Not an AIARE course – no certificate is given for completion of this course.

 

Course specifics: Students will participate in scenario-based learning, focusing on communication and facilitation tools. The group will tour for half of the course, with the majority of the lessons being discussion-based and indoors. Please come prepared with an N-95 or equivalent quality mask for the indoor portion of this class (~2.5 hours). Familiarity with touring equipment is required. Your instructors are AIARE trained and certified teachers, with ample experience instructing both classroom and field courses. 

 

Please note: All participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel, and probe to leave the base area and participate in a course. Equipment rentals are available, and we recommend booking those in advance. Courses do not include access to the mountain — each participant in your group must reserve a day pass in addition to your course unless you have a Season Pass or are using part of a 4 Pack or 10 Pack.

 

We target a 6:1 maximum student-to-instructor ratio to ensure you get personal attention and reduce COVID risks. If you are interested in this course for a larger group, please contact info@bluebirdbackcountry.com and we’ll arrange a private, tailored course to fit your needs. If this course does not have at least 3 students signed up, Bluebird Backcountry reserves the right to cancel the course. Bluebird will contact you with at least 5 days advance notice should this happen.