Women 's Advanced Backcountry Skills Clinic - Whistler
A “fast-track” clinic specifically designed to take intermediate skills to the next level.
What is the WBS?
THE WOMEN’S BACKCOUNTRY SERIES is a program designed to provide the wonderful women of Whistler with the knowledge, mentorship, and community support necessary to ski & splitboard safely in the backcountry. The WBS is presented by MOUNTAIN SKILLS ACADEMY, in partnership with THE ESCAPE ROUTE, and HUNTER GATHER.
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.
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.
Lift Ticket: A lift ticket is required for day 2 of this course.
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!
If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!
- Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
- Down or synthetic insulated jacket
- Mid layer fleece top
- Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
- Warm hat/toque and balaclava
- 2 pairs of gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Lift Pass
- Backpack-25-35 Litres
- Alpine touring skis/splitboard, skins, bindings, and boots
- Avalanche Safety Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
- First Aid Kit with blister kit
- Rite in the Rain notebook and pencil (optional)
- Map, compass, GPS (optional)
- Lunch, snacks, and water
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.
The important details:
Season: Nov – Apr
Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide
Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier
Price: $199/per person | $749/private (up to 6ppl)
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