Intro to Backcountry

Dates: March 1 & 2, 2019

Cost: $175

This is an excellent place to start if you are just getting into backcountry skiing. This is a 1.5 day class that teaches participants basic avalanche awareness, companion rescue, and provides an introduction to the concepts and equipment used in backcountry skiing and recreating.

Friday night (3 hrs) at Ski AK in Anchorage:

  • Basic avalanche awareness and safety
  • Intro to proper equipment (selection and use)

Saturday (all day) at Arctic Valley:

  • Trip planning & safe travel
  • Companion rescue techniques and practice
  • Field session tour – practice concepts learned

All levels of beginners welcome. Modes of travel: alpine touring, telemark, splitboard, snowboard/snowshoe, snowshoe.

Required Equipment: Students must have their own backcountry and avalanche equipment including beacon, probe, and shovel*. Skis, snowshoes, snowboards, or nordic equipment are acceptable.

No classes are currently scheduled

(If you are wanting to improve on your backcountry skiing skills, we recommend you consider our Backcountry Riding Skills class. Register for both and get a discount!)

*Our friends at Ski AK, Black Diamond, AMH, Blue & Gold, and REI sell all the backcountry gear you need for this course, and to enjoy your time in the backcountry! Equipment rental is also available from AMH. Alaska Outdoor Gear also offers avalanche gear rentals (probe, beacon, shovel). Blue & Gold offers splitboard rentals.