Intro Backcountry Touring Course

Open the Door to a World of Backcountry Adventures

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


Course Dates: November 28/29, December 5, 6, December 12/13, January 9/10, January 30/31, and February 20/21.

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

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Whistler, BC.

Prerequisites: 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.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Price: $315


What You Will Learn

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

Is This For You

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

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T

It doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Scheduled Courses - 2021/2022

All prices are in CAD dollar and subject to 5% sales tax.

November 27 - 28 $315 / person

December 4 - 5 $315 / person

December 11 - 13 $315 / person

January 5 -6 $315 / person

January 15 - 16 $315 / person

February 19 - 20 $315 / person

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.