Scheduled Course - Junior Backcountry Skiing & Riding

Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding for Ages 13-17

Learn backcountry touring skills, avalanche terrain recognition and risk mitigation in the company of other young skiers and splitboarders. This is a fun day of touring with a friendly, professional UMA guide. It's designed to build on skills learned in UMA's Youth Avalanche 1 or other previous experience. It can also be a participant's first time off-piste.

Guided tours naturally introduce young athletes to navigational skills; route finding; map reading; backcountry skiing and splitboarding techniques in variable snow conditions; uphill skinning practice; kickturns; reading terrain and understanding backcountry hazards.

Open to ages 13-17, participants may skin moderate or steeper terrain, based on aptitude and current conditions. There are plenty of terrain options that allow guides to accommodate a variety of skill levels and enjoy soft snow in easy to moderate or advanced terrain. Experienced groups may climb and ride incredible peaks and couloirs in the Wasatch Mountains, such as Wolverine Cirque, Toledo and Superior, depending on weather, snow conditions, etc.


  • Have fun and learn how to find great snow and terrain with a UMA guide
  • Acquaint skiers & riders with hazards that exist uniquely in the backcountry
  • Recognize avalanche terrain, including terrain traps
  • Practice navigational skills (map reading, using a compass & route finding)
  • Gain uphill skinning techniques
  • Learn to reference the local avalanche advisory
  • Tune in to current weather and how it impacts snow stability and quality
  • Understand and streamline the process of decision-making in the field
  • Improve downhill skiing/riding techniques in variable conditions and powder
  • Practice steep skiing/riding skills
  • Invest in your future backcountry or free-ride career!

The program is offered in mid-winter when the Utah snowpack is typically deep and strong enough for various backcountry objectives.

How to Register:

Junior Backcountry Clinic

Junior Backcountry Clinic

Junior Backcountry Clinic

Junior Backcountry Clinic

Course Details

2024 Dates

Jan 14, 2024 Sunday
Feb 18, 2024 Sunday


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.


Likes hiking and exploring in the mountains, is open to adventure & is skiing/riding black diamond runs in the resort in control. Participants should be comfortable and in-control skiing & riding trees, and ungroomed, variable snow conditions.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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