Backcountry Education Courses
Intro to Backcountry Skiing 2.5 Day Course
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In this 2.5 day course, participants will start to establish a solid set of backcountry foundations. This program is perfect for newcomers and those looking to enhance their skills. Learn essential avalanche awareness, companion rescue techniques, and skiing/snowboarding improvement.
From how to pack your backpack for a day of adventure in the backcountry, to food prep, to trip planning and route finding, terrain evaluation, to the joy of making turns downslope, our instructor guides break down a day in the backcountry into an easily accessible curriculum to help participants establish a set of solid backcountry foundations.
This course covers equipment essentials, including skis/snowboard, bindings, and avalanche beacons. Gain experience in terrain analysis, expedition behavior, and risk assessment/trip planning. Prepare for real-world scenarios through practical applications.
"Mountains Don't Care"
Disclaimer: A note on Safety and Risk in Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Sports like bouldering, hiking, alpinism, mountaineering, camping, rock and ice climbing, activities that occur in the backcountry and avalanche terrain, and water-based activities, and simply being in the wilderness environment involves inherent and other risks and cannot be made safe. Observing our training, rules, and best practices for these sports cannot guarantee participants will be free from harm. When venturing outdoors to engage in recreation in the wilderness setting, either on one’s own, signing up on behalf of your minor participant, or as part of a group setting, please remember that there is an assumption of risk that we undertake in order to do these activities, teach skills, and learn.
CLIMBING, ACTIVITIES IN THE WILDERNESS AND BACKCOUNTRY, AND CLIMBING/WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES ARE INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES that may result in serious injury or death. Into the Woods, LLC has a thorough risk assessment process in addition to extensive planning, training, policies and standards. We do this in order to meet the appropriate amount of risk for each group, activity, and setting, and mitigate risk to the largest extent possible during our courses, expeditions, trips, and all programs. However, while we are prepared, plan, and train, we are not able to guarantee that these wilderness sports and activities can be made 100% safe.