Backcountry Snow School

Backcountry Snow School

Colorado backcountry can be a great place to enjoy solitude and fresh lines, but a basic skill set is important to have before heading out on your own. Let us teach you the basics so that you can start to earn your turns. Both Ski and Splitboard options available. AIARE certified guide on all courses.

2019 Course List

Intro to Backcountry

Prerequisite

Must be competent skier or rider on blue terrain

Course Description

Learn what it takes to begin venturing into the backcountry.  Start off with an introduction to gear and weather observations.  Then head out to the trail for a basic out and back tour through the woods.

2019 Dates

February 2, March 9

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$165/person

Equipment Included: Skis/Splitboard, poles, skins, beacon, shovel, probe

Splitboarding Essentials

Prerequisite

Must be competent rider on black diamond terrain

Course Description

Gain familiarity with basic splitboarding techniques and efficient backcountry travel.

2019 Dates

February 16, March 23

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$165/person

Equipment included: splitboard, bindings, skins, poles, beacon, shovel, and probe.

Backcountry Skiing Essentials

Prerequisite

Must be competent skier on black diamond terrain

Course Description

A basic introduction to backcountry travel on All Terrain skis.

2019 Dates

February 16, March 23

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$165/person

Equipment Included: AT Skis/bindings, poles, skins, beacon, shovel, probe

Avalanche Rescue

Prerequisite

None

Course Description

New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card.

2019 Dates

February 17, March 24

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$125/person

Equipment is not included but available for rent

Group Tour

Prerequisite

Intro to Backcountry, Essentials Course, and Avalanche Rescue.  Or equivalent experience.

Course Description

Time to go and smash pow with a small group in the backcountry!  Emphasis on group management and dynamics, and also making turns.

2019 Dates

February 23 and 24, April 6 and 7

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$165/day

Equipment Included: Backcountry travel gear, beacon, shovel, probe

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