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Backcountry Skills and Riding Clinics

Winterstoke is your ticket to the next level in the backcountry. Four days of backcountry skills clinics for anything from ski touring essentials to big mountain skiing. Each clinic is led by ACMG guides provided by Altus Mountain Guides.

Speaker Series Highlighted by Expert Talks From Local Athletes

Three evenings of presentations to fuel your stoke for this upcoming winter by the top backcountry names from Whistler. This is the winter to take your backcountry skiing and riding to the next level, this is your ticket to get the skills and the stoke for the season.


Registration for clinics and events opens December 14, 2018

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Thursday – January 24

Mountain Behaviour

Join a panel of distinguished avalanche and ski professional to dissect risk management and behavioural factors of travelling in the mountains.

  • Colin Zacharias - IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide
  • Pascal Haegli - Avalanche Research Guru
  • Ken Wylie -IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, Author
  • Brett Trainor - Co-founder of Mountain Mentors

Hosted by Leslie Anthony

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  @  Arcteryx Whistler


Friday – January 25

Local Lines

Join local athletes and backcountry experts as they share a multimedia presentation to inspire and feed your next adventure.

  • Chad Sayers - Pro skier and Adventurer
  • Izzy Lynch - Pro skier and Filmmaker

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  @  Maury Young Arts Centre

Price: $10

Saturday – January 26

Mountain Art 

Local artists complete a mountain-inspired painting on the spot. Music, bites, beer and cocktails will be on hand. All funds raised from the auction will go to benefit this year’s recipient of the Winterstoke fund.

7:30 pm11:00 pm  @  Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Tickets: $20 

Sunday – January 27


Free beer!!!  If that’s not enough to entice you... Come join the Altus gang, Arcteryx Athletes and a crew of backcountry lovers at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre for some free beer and storytelling.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  @  Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre

Tickets: Free

The Clinics

All clinics and tours will be lead by Altus Mountain Guides and joined by local pros. Guides are the highest caliber available to get you dialed and ready for your next backcountry trip!

Clinics run Thursday through Sunday ranging from Introductory to Advanced.

Unless stated these course requires a Whistler Blackcomb pass.  If you do not have a Whistler Blackcomb Season's Pass, Epic Pass or Edge Card, please purchase a Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Day pass at check out for $69/day.

Registration for clinics will open December 14th**


Introductory Clinics

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Split Board Intro


Looking to take your snowboarding skills into the backcountry? This full-day clinic is gear to teach you the basics of movement, equipment, efficiency and safety to tackle the backcountry.

$175 plus GST -  Saturday, January 26th

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Ski Touring Intro


Learn the ski touring essentials - gear, track setting, route finding, avalanche safety skills on the fly, safe ascending and descending techniques.

$175 plus GSTSaturday, January 26th

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Snow Safety 101


For the total newbie to the backcountry!   This course is a full day introductory to the basics of snow safety, avalanche awareness and how to access the backcountry.  Perfect to get you ready to tackle your first AST 1 course.

$155 plus GST  - Saturday, Jan 26th


Women's Intro Ski Touring


Learn the ski touring essentials with a gang of like-minded ladies! - gear, track setting, route finding, avalanche safety skills on the fly, safe ascending and descending techniques.

$175 plus GST- Sunday, Jan 27th


Intermediate clinics

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Big Mountain Split Boarding


Accessing and riding steep terrain and big mountains on a board is a different beast.  Learn the trick and techniques to how to get up steep technical terrain and how to get down it safely with style. Lead by one of the few split-board ACMG guides in Canada.

$175 plus GST- Sunday, January 27







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Guided Tour – Whistler Backcountry


Spend the day touring around the Whistler or Blackcomb backcountry with a local guide. Learn their secrets, their favorite spots and gain some good turn and backcountry knowledge along the way.

$175 plus GST - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 

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Navigation and Route Planning


Believe it or not, south coast touring FB pages isn't the only place to get beta on where to ski!  Learn how to read a map, examine terrain, how the weather will move through terrain to find the best zones. Next how to find your way around this terrain once you are in it.

$175 plus GST - Sunday, January 27

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Mystery Weekend (overnight)


Two-day backcountry adventure searching for powder skiing, epic alpine sunsets and connecting with new friends. Be prepared to spend one night out in the backcountry winter camping (in tents) and ski touring for two full days.

$425 plus GST - Saturday/Sunday, January 26,27


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Crevasse Rescue


Just what to do if someone falls in a crevasse. This clinic will teach the principles of crevasse rescue in the ski and mountaineering setting.  We will focus on lightweight rope kits as well as conventional systems.

$175 plus GST - Thursday, January 24

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Glacier Travel


Glacier travel is a key piece of the alpine skiing puzzle. learn how to properly assess glacier, find a safe line and keep your team safe. Glaciology, route finding, bergschrund management, what the word bergschrund means, and how to rope up for glacier travel.

$175 plus GST- Friday, January 25

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Backcountry Photography with Guy Fattal


Get out for a day of backcountry skiing and dialing their photography skills under the tutelage of deep winter winner Guy Fattal

$175 plus GST - Friday, January 24

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Advanced Clinics

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Ski Mountaineering


This clinic is aimed at skiers and riders with backcountry experience and advanced ability. Focusing on the technical aspect of ski mountaineering and alpine travel.

$175 - Friday, January 25

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Advanced Avalanche Skills


Looking to expand your knowledge of assessing a snowpack, snow tests and how to apply that information to your ski line selection. This clinic to help skiers use advanced snow observations to strengthen their decision-making in avalanche terrain.

$175 plus GST - Thursday, January 24

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Steep Skiing


Aimed at experienced skiers who are looking to push their riding to the next level in the backcountry. Our guides will lead you through hazard assessment, risk management and line selection in order to ride big lines.

$175 plus GST- Saturday, January 26

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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!!!