Ski Course

Intro Backcountry Touring Course

Learn how to take your downhill skills into the backcountry, where the fun really happens.  

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Open the Door to a World of Backcountry Adventures

Our 2-day Backcountry Touring Intro course introduces participants to backcountry ski/split touring gear, travel techniques, avalanche awareness, route finding, route planning, whiteout navigation and descent strategies. 

Participants will leave the weekend confident in their ability to join friends or lead trips in simple backcountry terrain.  This is also the perfect course for those wishing to spend more time on technique before diving into our AST 1+ Course.

Our courses run at a maximum of 6:1 student-to-guide ratio to ensure participants gain as much as possible from the course.

We offer an online course as well. For more information click here.


 Intermediate to advance ski ability and experience skiing powder.

Highlight Skills

 Use of backcountry ski gear, companion rescue, up hill-climbing, powder skiing techniques and mountain hazards evaluation.


2 Days




Whistler, BC




Beginner Intermediate

Guest / Guide Ratio

6 to 1


  • 2 Full days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
  • All Technical Equipment 

Does Not Include

  • Backcountry Ski Rentals
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment (we can supply rentals if necessary)\
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Transportation

This 2-day course covers the skills that make up a confident backcountry skier/split-boarder: the fundamentals of avalanche phenomena/avoidance, uphill backcountry travel, tackling lines and, of course, how to use that new backcountry setup.

  • Companion Rescue
  • Understanding Types of Avalanches
  • Type of Avalanche Issues
  • Understand Geographical Variability
  • Safe Travel Up and Down in Avalanche Terrain
  • Understanding Avalanche Forecast
  • Track Setting, Skin and Line Assessments

This course is great for anyone new to backcountry touring.  Participants who pair this course with an AST 1 course will be primed to access simple and challenging backcountry terrain.  Although no backcountry experience is required for this course, ski/board experience is.  Participants should be comfortable riding black diamond runs and have experience riding powder.

  • No backcountry experience needed
  • Ability to ride black diamond runs
  • Powder experience
  • Fitness to walk uphill for a minimum of 3 Hours

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2022/2023 Schedule

Dec. 3-4, 2022
$395 / person per person + GST
Dec. 14-15, 2022
$395 / person per person + GST
Jan. 4-5, 2023
$395 / person per person + GST
Jan. 21-22, 2023
$395 / person per person + GST
Feb. 18-19 , 2023
$395 / person per person + GST

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