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.
2021 Course List
Intro to Backcountry – Weston Sponsored
Must be competent skier or rider on blue terrain. Minimum age 14 years old
Learn what it takes to begin venturing into the backcountry. Learn the basics about avalanche hazards, weather observations, and trip planning. Overview of all equipment, including beacon, shovel and probe. Then head out to the trail for a basic tour through the woods. This is a great prep course for AIARE Level 1.
8:30 am – 4 pm
ALL equipment included EXCEPT boots and personal clothing. Lunch NOT included
Skis and Splitboards from Weston Backcountry. Limited models and sizes so please reserve early. All gear compatible with downhill boots.
Course taught by Weston sponsored Guide
2022 Group Courses
January 8, January 22, February 5, March 5
Backcountry Terrain Management
Must be competent skier or rider on black diamond terrain. Participation in Intro course is preferred. Minimum age 14 years old.
Spend a day on the mountain learning to travel safely and efficiently through the backcountry. This includes uphill travel techniques like the kick turn, and how to quickly change over from climb to shred mode. We will also learn how to analyze a snowpit with three simple tests. Finally, we plan to have fun and make some great turns!
8:30 am – 4 pm
ALL equipment included EXCEPT boots and personal clothing. Lunch NOT included. All gear compatible with downhill boots.
24 Hour Rentals
Cost for board package
Equipment Included: Splitboard, Bindings, Skins, and Poles – Weston boards NOW available!
Cost for rescue package
Equipment Included: Transceiver, Shovel, Probe