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
Using your skins
Uphill skinning technique
Smartphone navigation apps
Recognizing avalanche terrain
Recognizing red flags for unstable snow
Travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
Reducing pack weight
Avalanche companion rescue review
Recognizing the avalanche problems
Conducting stability tests
Making a stability assessment
Decision making techniques
Track setting technique
Survival skiing technique
Smartphone 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
In partnership with Alaska Guide Collective.
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 Backcountry Ski Gear List.
Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.