Day Pass + Lesson + Ski Rentals

This package includes everything you need to get going on the mountain! Scroll down to select the course and date.

Ready to give backcountry touring a shot? This package provides the perfect introduction! Whether you're brand new to the backcountry, or preparing for your first AIARE course, we have the ideal setup for you. 

You'll be set up with:

  • A complete Black Diamond ski touring setup + the required snow safety gear

  • A pass for all-day access to the mountain

  • A Backcountry 1, 2, or 3 Lesson (see descriptions below)

 

Backcountry 1: Intro to Backcountry

This beginner-friendly, HALF-DAY on-snow lesson is geared toward first-timers 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. In this course, you'll learn: 

  • How to attach your skins

  • How to run a beacon check

  • Backcountry travel basics

  • Transitioning from uphill to downhill

  • Backcountry etiquette and best practices

  • Answers to any other questions you might have!

After your lesson, you will have access to Bluebird Backcountry’s 1,200 acres of unguided terrain for the rest of the day. You’re welcome to continue exploring, take a lap with your new friends, or check out the beacon park!

 

Backcountry 2: Movement and Skills

This FULL-DAY on-snow lesson is geared towards those who are comfortable with their touring equipment and have been skinning before (if you don't have this experience yet, then we recommend starting with a Backcountry 1 lesson). In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to properly prepare for a day in the backcountry

  • How to travel efficiently across a variety of terrain

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

 

Backcountry 3: Avalanche Prep

This FULL-DAY on-snow lesson serves as the final installment in our backcountry lesson progression. The lesson serves as the bridge between the skills you’ve already learned and your formal avalanche education. In this course, you will gain:

  • More confidence with uphill and downhill travel on variable surfaces

  • Introduction to route planning, navigation tools, weather and avalanche forecasts 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

This lesson includes an hour-long pre-lesson video and assignment focusing on how to use navigation tools and plan for the day (to be completed before your lesson).

 

Additional Info:

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.

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.

Please plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes before your scheduled lesson so we can get you set up with your rental gear.

Description

Ready to give backcountry touring a shot? This package provides the perfect introduction! Whether you're brand new to the backcountry, or preparing for your first AIARE course, we have the ideal setup for you. 

You'll be set up with:

  • A complete Black Diamond ski touring setup + the required snow safety gear

  • A pass for all-day access to the mountain

  • A Backcountry 1, 2, or 3 Lesson (see descriptions below)

 

Backcountry 1: Intro to Backcountry

This beginner-friendly, HALF-DAY on-snow lesson is geared toward first-timers 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. In this course, you'll learn: 

  • How to attach your skins

  • How to run a beacon check

  • Backcountry travel basics

  • Transitioning from uphill to downhill

  • Backcountry etiquette and best practices

  • Answers to any other questions you might have!

After your lesson, you will have access to Bluebird Backcountry’s 1,200 acres of unguided terrain for the rest of the day. You’re welcome to continue exploring, take a lap with your new friends, or check out the beacon park!

 

Backcountry 2: Movement and Skills

This FULL-DAY on-snow lesson is geared towards those who are comfortable with their touring equipment and have been skinning before (if you don't have this experience yet, then we recommend starting with a Backcountry 1 lesson). In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to properly prepare for a day in the backcountry

  • How to travel efficiently across a variety of terrain

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

 

Backcountry 3: Avalanche Prep

This FULL-DAY on-snow lesson serves as the final installment in our backcountry lesson progression. The lesson serves as the bridge between the skills you’ve already learned and your formal avalanche education. In this course, you will gain:

  • More confidence with uphill and downhill travel on variable surfaces

  • Introduction to route planning, navigation tools, weather and avalanche forecasts 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

This lesson includes an hour-long pre-lesson video and assignment focusing on how to use navigation tools and plan for the day (to be completed before your lesson).

 

Additional Info:

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.

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.

Please plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes before your scheduled lesson so we can get you set up with your rental gear.

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Day Pass + BC1 + Ski Rental
Ready to give backcountry skiing a shot? This package is the perfect introduction! We'll provide you with a complete ski touring setup, a pass for all-day access to the mountain, and a welcoming, half-day, on-snow course — perfect for anyone who’s ready to click into bindings and learn the basics.
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Day Pass + BC2 + Ski Rental
This skiing package is the perfect way to take your touring skills to the next level! We'll provide you with a complete ski touring setup, a pass for all-day access to the mountain, and a full-day on-snow lesson. A Backcountry 1 Lesson or equivalent experience is recommended.
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Day Pass + BC3 + Ski Rental
This package is perfect for those wanting to expand their backcountry skill set and get ready—physically and mentally—to take an avalanche course. We'll provide you with a complete ski touring setup, a pass for all-day access to the mountain, and a full-day on-snow lesson. A Backcountry 2 Lesson or equivalent experience is recommended.
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