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Backcountry Skiing

Check out our backcountry skiing courses we have available for the winter 2011/2012 season.

  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering

Intro to Ski Touring

We introduce basic skills such as trip preparation, transceiver function and use, track setting / trailbreaking, avalanche skills training, basic terrain evaluation, route finding, map and compass, powder skiing technique, emergency response. We combine the Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) course curriculum with an additional two days of training to round out the Intro to Ski Touring Course. Two evening classroom sessions and four field days give participants a good grounding in basic avalanche phenomena and safe mountain travel. Our courses are taught by certified ACMG guides and follow the curriculum established by the Canadian Avalanche Center.
The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course provides an entry-level decision-making framework that is based on the most advanced knowledge available.


$ 580.00 + 12% HST per person/minimum 4 participants

Course Dates


Note: The first day of every course is an evening session and begins at 6:00 PM

Course Objectives

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.


Participants must possess at least intermediate skiing or boarding skills.

This means being able to make basic parallel turns in most conditions and terrain and at least being able to kick turn and sidestep away from terrain that is “over your head”.


The AST 1 course is based out of Revelstoke with field days at Rogers Pass or other local touring venues.

Equipment List

  • Backpack* - 30 to 40 litre, if snowboarding then it must have a system to hold your snowboard and snowshoes
  • Touring skis, telemark skis or snowboard boots, poles, skins, avalanche beacon, shovel and probe*
  • Gore-Tex jacket or similar
  • Pants - suitable for touring up
  • Warm clothing- fleece jacket
  • Warm hat
  • sun hat, light weight - ball cap
  • Sunglasses and Goggles
  • 2 pairs gloves/mitts, a light weight pair for touring up and a warmer pair
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1st aid - limited to personal medications (epinepherine if you have allergies) (your guide will have a 1st aid kit) etc.
  • Misc. personal items - camera
  • water bottles and/or thermos, 1 - 2 litres
  • lunch and snacks
  • compass - something with declination is preferred

*Skiis, boots, skins, pack, beacon, shovel and probe can all be rented locally. Contact us for pricing and to reserve these items.


Backcountry Avalanche Awareness booklet 7th ed., Avaluator™, Avalanche Danger Descriptor card, resource information and list and completion certificate.

Not included

Food, accommodation, transportation, personal clothing and equipment, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, park passes.

Note: Rental equipment is avaialble in Revelstoke. Contact us to make reservations.


Maximum of eight students per instructor.

Booking, Cancelation, Terms and Conditions

The details and the fine print can be viewed on our Booking Policy Page.

To book a trip or if you have any questions please call our office at 1 877 837 7141 begin_of_the_skype_highlightin1 877 837 7141 or email us.

Intro to Ski Mountaineering

Do you have prior backcountry skiing experience but want to take the next step and begin ascending and descending glaciated alpine peaks ? This is the course for you. Instructed by highly experienced full mountain guides you will learn the skills to take your ski touring to the next level.

This course is three nights and four days long plus an evening classroom session sheduled before the course. Field days are based out of the Asulkan Hut in Rogers Pass. From this warm and comfortable hut we can access interesting glaciers and a variety of high peaks.

Topics covered include: route planning and navigation, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, basic ropework and climbing techniques and terrain and hazard evaluation.

Backcountry Ski Touring in Rogers Pass near Revelstoke BC.



Custom dates always available.


    $880.00CDN + 12% HST Minimum group of four


    Guiding and instruction, hut fees, park use fees, dinners while at hut, technical climbing equipment

    Not Included

    Transportation, backcountry ski and safety equipment, breakfast, lunch and snacks while at hut.

    Booking, Cancelation, Terms and Conditions

    The details and the fine print can be viewed on our Booking Policy Page.

    To book a trip or if you have any questions please call our office at 1 877 837 7141 or email us.