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.

2019 Course List

Intro to Backcountry

Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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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.

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$190/person

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

2019 Group Courses

Feb 2, March 9

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Splitboarding Essentials

2019 Group Courses

Feb 16, March 23

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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Prerequisite

Must be competent rider on black diamond terrain

Course Description

Gain familiarity with basic splitboarding techniques and efficient backcountry travel.  Special focus on quick change overs so that you can keep up with your two planked friends.

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$190/person

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

Backcountry Skiing Essentials

2019 Group Courses

Feb 16, March 23

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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Prerequisite

Must be competent skier on black diamond terrain

Course Description

A basic introduction to backcountry travel on All Terrain skis.

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$190/person

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

Avalanche Rescue

Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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Prerequisite

None

Course Description

Learn the basics of companion rescue with realistic scenario practice to help improve your skills.  We will cover both single and multiple victim burials, quick probing techniques, and effective shoveling.

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$145/person

Equipment is not included but available for rent

2019 Group Courses

Feb 17, March 24

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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

$190/day

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

Intro to Ice Climbing

Prerequisite

None

Course Description

Learn the basics of safety and technique for climbing on ice formations

2019 Date

February 9

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$190/day

Equipment Included: 

Splitboard Rentals

24 Hour Rentals

Cost for board package

$50/day

Equipment Included: Splitboard, Bindings, Skins, and Poles

Cost for rescue package

$35/day

Equipment Included: Transceiver, Shovel, Probe

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