Backcountry Education

Backcountry Education

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.

2020 Course List

Splitboard Rentals

Weston Partnership Programs

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We are stoked to be partnering with Weston Snowboards for the 2019/20 season.  This means Weston Brand boards on all courses!  And we are offering these awesome joint clinics this Winter season.  LEARN MORE

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Intro to Backcountry

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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 all of the equipment.  Then learn the basics about avalanche hazards, weather observations, and route finding.  Then head out to the trail for a basic tour through the woods.

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$175/person

Equipment 

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

2020 Group Courses

February 15, March 14, March 28

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Touring in Avalanche Terrain

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2020 Group Courses

March 29

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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Prerequisite

Must be competent skier or rider on black diamond terrain.  Participation in Intro course is preferred.

Course Description

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!

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$175/person

Equipment

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

Avalanche Rescue

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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

$175/person

Equipment 

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

2020 Group Courses

February 16, March 15

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Splitboard Techniques

2020 Group Courses

February 23

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1- April 30

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Prerequisite

Must be a competent rider on black diamond terrain.

Course Description

Learn to shred lines in the backcountry with fellow sideways riders.  We will talk about board specific challenges and how to adapt.  Also learn some tricks for keeping up with your two planked friends.

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$175/day

Equipment

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

Group Tour

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2020 Group Courses

April 4

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1- April 30

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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 great turns and having fun.

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$175/day

Equipment

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

Fat Bike Ride

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2020 Group Courses

February 22

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1- April 30

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Prerequisite

Participant should be somewhat physically fit

Course Description

Learn what this fun new activity is all about by cruising over snow on extra fat tires.  This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of our alpine forests in the Winter months.

Time

8:30 am – 4 pm

Cost

$145/person

Equipment 

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

Intro to Ice Climbing

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2020 Group Courses

February 8

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Private Instruction

Available Any Day Dec 1 – April 30

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Prerequisite

None

Course Description

Learn how to swing that axe and climb up a frozen waterfall.  This is an amazing experience for all and is actually much easier than you think.  Our intro course will cover climbing techniques, anchor building, and even some dry tooling.

Time

8:30am-4pm

Cost

$175/day

Equipment 

ALL equipment included.  Lunch NOT included

Splitboard Rentals

24 Hour Rentals

Cost for board package

$50/day

Equipment Included: Splitboard, Bindings, Skins, and Poles – Weston boards NOW available!

Cost for rescue package

$35/day

Equipment Included: Transceiver, Shovel, Probe

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