Intro to ski touring

Ski touring is an incredible way to explore and travel through the mountains. Come learn the essential skills on how to move safely and efficiently on your mountain adventures. We recommend taking this 2 day course and then our level 1 avalanche course to round out your education and get you into the backcountry.

upcoming course dates

December 19-20, 2015 Chamonix, France

January 9-10, 2016 Chamonix, France

January 30-31, 2016 Chamonix, France

February 20-21, 2016 Chamonix, France

student learning outcomes

  • Use of AT boot and binding
  • Skin maintenance
  • Introduction to avalanche transceivers (a.k.a. beacons/ARVAs)
  • Skinning efficiency and setting a pace
  • Kick turns and AVA turns
  • Track setting
  • Terrain management
  • Tour planning with time plans
  • Reading topographic maps
  • Familiarization with GPS/Smart phone map apps
  • Have fun learning while out ski touring both days, hopefully with some great snow!

Student prerequisites

This course is aimed at the intermediate to advanced skier who is looking to leave the ski area in search of quiet mountains, find untracked snow, and enjoy the amazing satisfaction that comes from earning their turns.

No prior ski touring experience needed.

Should be comfortable on all blue and most black slopes in a variety* of snow conditions within the ski area.  *(light powder, heavy/warm powder, deep powder, icy, wind effected, basically everything from funky to amazing)

Splitboarders welcome! 

Course Cost: $450 (USD)

Maximum ratio 5:1

Cost includes:

  • Instructor and guide fees

Cost does not include:

  • Lift tickets (sometimes we will use lifts to bring us to the beginning of a tour)
  • Transportation

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