This backcountry touring course teaches the fundamentals of skiing and splitboarding outside resort boundaries. When it comes to transitioning from in bounds to out of bounds, it will accelerate the learning curve and set you on the right track for your backcountry career. You'll get lots of uphill skinning practice and plenty of time for b-c runs on one or more slopes. Time will be allowed for lunch, snacks, water breaks, creating an enjoyable learning pace in the beautiful winter Wasatch environment.
We've made this class more affordable; it's a must-have pre-requisite to the Avalanche Skills or Level 1 Avalanche Course if you are new to your gear and have no experience uphill skinning or skiing/riding backcountry conditions.
Instructors will initially focus on equipment and procedures for travel in avalanche terrain. Strategies for maximizing efficiency on skins and trail setting will be practiced. Special attention will be given to kick-turning skills.
Guides will address route selection as the party ascends to appropriate runs. Guides will coach participants in transitions to downhill mode and proper procedures for descent in avalanche-prone terrain. Techniques for skiing and boarding in untracked snow will be demonstrated. Each participant will be given individual tips on how to improve downhill skills. However, general downhill skiing skills are best learned at a ski resort from an instructor.
Instructors will suggest good tours for students to do on their own and offer insights into a progression of tours and ski mountaineering ascents to enable goals to be achieved.
How to Register:
Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding
Photo by Chris Farmer
Typically, the party will ski multiple runs on one or more slopes. Instructor will suggest good tours for students to do on their own, and offer insights into a progression of tours and ski mountaineering ascents to enable goals to be achieved.
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Full Day, 8am - 4pm
Salt Lake City, Utah
$199 per person plus tax
UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.
Introductory. No backcountry experience necessary. Resort skiing experience is required; participants must be able to link controlled, parallel turns on blue runs without stopping regularly. Experience skiing off the groomed runs (in soft or variable snow conditions in control) is important and highly recommended prior to this course.View All Ski & Boarding Courses Guiding & Instruction Ski & Snowboard Equipment Logistics Frequently Asked Questions