Backcountry Lessons

Whether this is your first time in the backcountry or you’re getting ready to take your AIARE Avalanche 1 course, we have a backcountry lesson for wherever you are in your progression. Scroll down to select which course is best for you. ***Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need a season pass or day ticket with your lesson. Snow safety gear rentals are available.

Backcountry 1: 

This welcoming, beginner-friendly on-snow course is geared toward never-evers and folks who have only clicked into their bindings in the backcountry a handful of times. This is a half-day lesson—perfect for anyone who’s ready to jump in and learn the basics, such as: 

  • How to attach your skins

  • How to run a beacon check

  • Backcountry travel basics

  • Transitioning from uphill to downhill

  • Backcountry etiquette and best practices

  • Any other questions you might have!

 

Backcountry 2: 

This full-day on-snow lesson is geared toward skiers and splitboarders who are comfortable with their touring equipment and have been skinning before. A Backcountry 1 Lesson or equivalent experience is recommended. You’ll leave this course armed with experience and knowledge on:

  • How to properly prepare for a day in the backcountry

  • Traveling efficiently across a variety of terrain

  • Techniques to improve your transitions as well as your uphill and downhill travel

 

Backcountry 3: 

The final installment in our three-lesson on-snow Backcountry Progression is the bridge between the skills you’ve already learned and your avalanche education. Backcountry 1 and 2 lessons or equivalent experience are recommended. You’ll leave this course with:

  • More confidence on steep and tricky terrain

  • Introduction to beacon basics, route planning, human factors, and other valuable skills to set you up to get the most out of your avalanche education

  • Clear understanding of what to expect in AIARE 1 and Avy Rescue courses

 

 * All lessons have a 6:1 maximum student-to-instructor ratio to ensure you get personal attention and reduce COVID risks. If you would like your group to have an instructor to yourselves, please book a Private Lesson or Private Guided Day instead.

**Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all guests are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need a season pass or day ticket with your lesson. Snow safety gear rentals are available. 

***We enourage all guests to be ready and in the lesson meetup area 15 minutes before their class starts. Please allow time for checking in. If you are renting, we do recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before your lesson time. 

 

Whenever possible we match students with similar downhill ability, and we do our best to pair splitboarders with splitboard instructors and skiers with ski instructors.

 

 

Description

Backcountry 1: 

This welcoming, beginner-friendly on-snow course is geared toward never-evers and folks who have only clicked into their bindings in the backcountry a handful of times. This is a half-day lesson—perfect for anyone who’s ready to jump in and learn the basics, such as: 

  • How to attach your skins

  • How to run a beacon check

  • Backcountry travel basics

  • Transitioning from uphill to downhill

  • Backcountry etiquette and best practices

  • Any other questions you might have!

 

Backcountry 2: 

This full-day on-snow lesson is geared toward skiers and splitboarders who are comfortable with their touring equipment and have been skinning before. A Backcountry 1 Lesson or equivalent experience is recommended. You’ll leave this course armed with experience and knowledge on:

  • How to properly prepare for a day in the backcountry

  • Traveling efficiently across a variety of terrain

  • Techniques to improve your transitions as well as your uphill and downhill travel

 

Backcountry 3: 

The final installment in our three-lesson on-snow Backcountry Progression is the bridge between the skills you’ve already learned and your avalanche education. Backcountry 1 and 2 lessons or equivalent experience are recommended. You’ll leave this course with:

  • More confidence on steep and tricky terrain

  • Introduction to beacon basics, route planning, human factors, and other valuable skills to set you up to get the most out of your avalanche education

  • Clear understanding of what to expect in AIARE 1 and Avy Rescue courses

 

 * All lessons have a 6:1 maximum student-to-instructor ratio to ensure you get personal attention and reduce COVID risks. If you would like your group to have an instructor to yourselves, please book a Private Lesson or Private Guided Day instead.

**Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all guests are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need a season pass or day ticket with your lesson. Snow safety gear rentals are available. 

***We enourage all guests to be ready and in the lesson meetup area 15 minutes before their class starts. Please allow time for checking in. If you are renting, we do recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before your lesson time. 

 

Whenever possible we match students with similar downhill ability, and we do our best to pair splitboarders with splitboard instructors and skiers with ski instructors.

 

 

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Backcountry 1: Basics
Ready to give backcountry skiing a shot? Backcountry 1 is where you start. This welcoming, beginner-friendly on-snow course is geared toward never-evers and folks who have only clicked into their bindings in the backcountry a handful of times. This is a half-day lesson—perfect for anyone who’s ready to jump in and learn the basics. *Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need to reserve a day ticket with your lesson unless you purchased a season pass. Snow safety gear rentals are available.
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Backcountry 2: Movement
Take your touring skills to the next level in Backcountry 2. This full-day on-snow lesson is geared toward skiers and splitboarders who are comfortable with their touring equipment and have been skinning before. A Backcountry 1 Lesson or equivalent experience is recommended. *Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need to reserve a day ticket with your lesson unless you purchased a season pass. Snow safety gear rentals are available.
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Backcountry 3: Avy Prep
Expand your backcountry skill set and get ready—physically and mentally—to take an avalanche course in our full-day Backcountry 3 lesson. The final installment in our three-lesson on-snow Backcountry Progression is the bridge between the skills you’ve already learned and your avalanche education. Backcountry 1 and 2 lessons or equivalent experience are recommended. *Please note that lessons don't include access to the mountain and all participants are required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area. You'll need to reserve a day ticket with your lesson unless you purchased a season pass. Snow safety gear rentals are available.
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Snow Safety Gear Rental
Mandatory for all participants, our Snow Safety package includes everything you need to be backcountry ready.
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