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Summary

 Winter
  • Cost:
  • $249

Location: Whistler/Blackcomb  Duration: 1 Day  Fitness: Good  Ability: Intermediate  Prerequisites: Strong Intermediate Skiing/Boarding Level  

The Advanced Backcountry Skills Clinic is designed help refine your technique and further develop your backcountry decision making skills. Effective track-setting and terrain management, snowpack assessment and testing, uphill & downhill risk management technique. What else? That’s up to you! Visit the WBS facebook page and tell us what you want to learn!

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Dates:

Saturday January 25th

Thursday February 20th

Times:

8:30am - 4:30pm

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or info@mountainskillsacademy.com

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Course Information

This course is developed around skiers and splitboarders who have been out in the backcountry a number of times and are looking to refine their movement skills, sharpen their risk assessment abilities, and overall, make themselves greater assets to their touring partners. Ideally, you have already completed your AST1 course or have comparable touring experience. It is important that you to have intermediate to advanced ski or splitboarding skills in various conditions and are in good physical shape. It’s advantageous to have your own backcountry equipment and be well-versed in its function.

The price of this clinic does NOT include the cost of a lift ticket to get up the mountain on the clinic day. This can be purchased from MSAA if you do not have a season pass.

Meet at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre for introductions, the morning avalanche and conditions meeting, and a thorough gear check.

Head up the gondola and out into the backcountry for an entire day of skills development. Join your touring group at HUNTER GATHER at the end-of-the-day for a clinic debrief over a FREE BEER!

Clothing – Dress appropriately for the conditions

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic insulated mid-layer jacket
  • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks.
  • Warm hat/tuque and balaclava
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm

Gear

  • Lift Pass (available from MSAA) (not needed if you have a season pass or day passes)
  • Backpack: 25-35 Litres
  • Alpine touring skis/splitboard, skins, bindings, boots, and poles (receive a 15% discount from The Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre)
  • Avalanche Safety Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe) (receive a 15% discount from The Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre)
  • Helmet
  • First Aid Kit with blister kit
  • Map, compass, GPS (optional)
  • Lunch, lots of snacks, and water (hot tea is good on cold days!)

The Women’s Advanced Backcountry Clinic has not been finalized. Want your say? Visit The Women’s Backcountry Series facebook group and let us know what skills you would like to see included in the clinic.

Transportation: Ensure you have reliable transportation to and from meeting locations.

Lift Tickets: Lift tickets are not included but can be purchased through MSAA.

Food: For the day, pack plenty of fluids, high energy food, and snacks. A thermos with a hot drink is also a great idea.

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