WBS - Intro to Backcountry Ski & Splitboarding
Per Person: $229
Private (up to 6 People): $849
Safety and learning are the focus, plus getting into some gorgeous untracked snow!
Duration: 1 Day
Prerequisites: Intermediate runs
Are you just starting out? The WBS ‘Introduction to Backcountry ‘is a one-day course designed to introduce you to the gear and the basic skills you will need to begin to explore the backcountry. No backcountry experience is required however you should be confident skiing ungroomed blue/intermediate runs. This course is for skiers and boarders looking to try out the backcountry and develop the basic skills to ski or ride safely.
This is a fun and educational day in the backcountry adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb. Among the many skills you will be introduced to are basic avalanche rescue, terrain analysis, track setting, uphill and downhill skiing technique, route finding, tree skiing and trip planning. We spend a full day skiing and riding while covering uphill and downhill skills in powder, equipment use and safety awareness.
There is no better place in the world to learn backcountry skiing than Whistler and our guides will ensure you have an enjoyable and educational day. This is a must-do tour to complete your stay in Whistler.
**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**
All Adventures: Meet guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre.
The guide will get everyone to sign a waiver and perform a gear check before a trip briefing on safety and the day’s objectives.
Take Whistler or Blackcomb Lifts read to start day:
- Equipment setup boots, skins and ski’s/board for touring
- Trailhead procedures with transceiver
- Companion rescue review
- How to efficiently walk up hill in touring mode
- Terrain choice and limitations depending on hazards
Uphill terrain selection and track-setting:
- Safe terrain selection and efficient uptrack.
- How to evaluate a slope
- Maintain situational awareness
Downhill safe terrain choice and technique:
- Use Slope Avlauator to choose a run appropriate to conditions.
- Efficient transition from touring to skiing mode. Care of skins, transition routine.
- How to best ski the run
- Where and when to regroup safely
The day will finish at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will also suggest what to do next to further your backcountry knowledge and abilities.
Rentals: MSAA clients receive a discounted rental rate at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Advance reservations are required to ensure there is gear available.
- Touring skis / splitboard, skins & poles
- Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe)
- Ski / snowboard boots (your regular boots will work with the touring bindings)
- Lift pass: backcountry lift ticket available through our office (not needed if you have a season pass or day passes)
- Weatherproof shell jacket and pants – dress for a day in the alpine
- Warm layers (fleece or puffy jacket)
- Thermal under layer
- Winter hat/toque
- Goggles and/or sunglasses
- Water (1 litre)
- Lunch and snacks
We recommend getting familiar with your own gear but we are happy to provide the gear if you let us know what you need.
1 Day Course:
- Ski Equipment Use
- Uphill terrain selection and track-setting
- Downhill safe terrain choice and technique
- Debrief & Next Steps After Course
Click HERE for the full curriculum