Your Intro to Backcountry Skiing
This course is designed for those who want to transfer their alpine skiing background to the backcountry or want to improve on their existing backcountry skills. The venue will be near Anchorage, where the weather and snowpack are best. The skills taught are set at an international standard by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the American Avalanche Association.
Intermediate to advanced alpine (ski area) ability, no backcountry experience necessary
November through June, one to three days
- Selecting and wearing gear
- Interpreting weather forecasts
- Interpreting the avalanche advisory
- Conducting a beacon check
- Avalanche companion rescue
- Uphill skinning technique
- Kick turns
- Smartphone navigation apps
- Recognizing avalanche terrain
- Recognizing red flags for unstable snow
- Travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
- Tour planning
- Reducing pack weight
- Avalanche companion rescue review
- Recognizing the avalanche problems
- Conducting stability tests
- Making a stability assessment
- Decision making techniques
- Transition efficiency
- Track setting technique
- Group management
- Survival skiing technique
- Smartphone whiteout navigation plan
- 1 client: $500 per day
- 2 clients: $300 per person per day
- 3 clients: $225 per person per day
- 4+ clients: $200 per person per day
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- AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. Up to eight clients. A second guide may be added.
- Navigation, first aid and repair kits
- Emergency communication and shelter
Does Not Include
- Transport. Using a rental car or your personal car is the best option.
- Lodging, food and drink. See Southcentral Alaska Logistics.
- Personal ski gear. See Alaska Backcountry Ski Gear List.
- Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.