*You must be at least 16 years old to register for this course*
During the course participants can expect to be presented with the following topics:
How to use the gear specific to your backcountry sport (telemark, alpine touring, or split-board)
How to prepare and plan for a tour
What to wear and what to bring
How to understand an avalanche forecast
How to identify avalanche terrain
Basics of route selection/terrain features
Basic skinning techniques and setting skin tracks
How to be efficient with transitions from uphill-downhill and vice-versa
Basic rescue techniques
Basic of items required for first aid and repair kits
This course will build a great foundation for students looking to continue on with additional avalanche education/certification in the future.
Participants who register for this course come with a wide variety of knowledge and skill sets. Due to that fact there is not a preset itinerary for this course. Daily lessons and activities will largely be decided upon by the group with the course instructor taking into consideration the group’s make-up and each member’s indivdual backgrounds and personal goals.
Includes: AIARE and or AMGA certified/trained ski guide
Not Included: Avalanche safety gear*, backcountry travel system, lodging, food
Time: 8am to 5pm both days
Student to Instructor Ratio: 6 to 1
Prerequisites: Participants should possess a desire to learn, enthusiasm for the backcountry experience and a willingness to actively participate in the course.
*Avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe) are available for rent for an additional fee for course participants.
**Backcountry travel gear (telemark skis, alpine touring skis, split board) are also available for rent for an additional