Women's Backcountry Touring Course Intro

Open the Door to Endless Peaks and Powder

Spend the weekend learning the skills to safely and confidently ski the backcountry in our Women's Intro Ski Touring course.  This 2-day course covers backcountry ski/split touring gear, travel techniques, avalanche awareness, route finding, route planning, whiteout navigation and descent strategies- all the skills needed to access and ski the backcountry.  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. Both skiers and splitboarders are welcome!

Course Dates: November 28/29, December 12/13, January 9/11

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Whistler, BC.

Prerequisites: Advance Ski Ability (comfortable on black diamond terrain).

Highlight Skills: Use of backcountry gear, avalanche safety, group management and ski touring skills.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter

Max. Guest to Guide: 6:1

Price: $315


What You Will Learn

This 2-day course covers the skills that make up a confident backcountry skier/splitboarder. This includes the fundamentals of avalanche phenomena/avoidance, backcountry uphill travel, tackling lines going down and, of course, how to use that new backcountry set up.


• 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 skiing or splitboarding.  Participants who combine this course with an AST 1 course will be primed for accessing simple and challenging backcountry terrain.  Although no backcountry experience is required for this course, ski 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 Up Hill 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 2020 / 2021

November 28, 29 $315 / person

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

December 12, 13 $315 / person

January 9, 10 $315 / person


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8:00 am - Meet at Whistler base, PowerPoint presentation, gear, and rescue technique overview

9:00 - Head up the Whistler/Blackcomb lift system and into the backcountry!

4:30 pm - Day wrap up, plan for tomorrow


8:30 am - Upload Whistler or Blackcomb backcountry

5:00 pm - Back to cars

What's Included
  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment 
What's Not Included
  • Backcountry Ski Rentals
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket (can be purchased through us for $69/day)
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
Gear List

Avalanche Gear

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel


  • Backcountry skis or split-board (skis, skins, poles)
  • 30-litre backpack or large enough to carry personal gear 


  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
  • Lightweight, breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)
  • Insulated jacket (synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)
  • Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hats
  • Balaclava or other types of neck warmer


  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Ski strap
  • Small personal ski repair kit
  • Personal first aid, medication
  • Camera


Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.

Booking Policy

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here.

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.