WOMEN'S INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY SKI & SPLITBOARDING

SAFETY AND LEARNING ARE THE FOCUS, PLUS GETTING INTO SOME GORGEOUS UNTRACKED SNOW!

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WOMEN'S INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY SKI & SPLITBOARDING

The first step in our Women’s Backcountry Series is a day with our professional male or female guides, learning the basics of safe and efficient travel through the mountains.

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

COURSE INFORMATION

Ever wondered what lies beyond the resort or in the mountains around you? This is where to start. Intro to Backcountry lets you dip your toes before taking any big leaps, and over the day our experienced guides will cover the basics of equipment, safe travel, terrain, companion rescue, and most importantly, skiing or riding some laps in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry.

With no previous experience or training required, this first step is a great way to see if backcountry travel is for you, a chance to ask questions or get advice from a one of our professional guides, and will leave you yearning for more days of endless terrain and bottomless snow.

Important Information

  • Avalanche safety equipment is not included (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Touring skis/splitboard required.
  • GGeared for skiers and snowboarders who are ready to step beyond the resort but have little or no backcountry experience. For those with backcountry experience we reccomend booking Whistler Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Tour.
  • Participants must be comfortable and confident in intermediate terrain [blue runs] in a variety of snow conditions. If you are unsure of your ability, please contact us for more information.
  • Groups can expect 2 – 4 runs for the day, depending on ability and fitness level
  • Transportation is not included.

Lift Ticket: If you do NOT currently possess a valid Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket (Seasons Pass, Spirit Pass, Edge Card, Epic Pass, etc.), you may buy a Lift Ticket through our office at checkout.

**All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if the minimum number has not been reached.

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. The guide will also suggest what to do next to further your backcountry knowledge and abilities.

MSAA Loyalty Program: Following the AST-1 Course all students will be added to the MSAA loyalty program. All students will receive a 10% discount on any future course with MSAA. Following the AST-1 Course we reccomend all students take the AST-2 course within the next 1-2 seasons. For more information contact our office.

Rentals/Purchase:

If you require rentals we have teamed up with local rental companies to provide discounted rentals. Visit our rental page HERE for more information!

Equipment:

  • Touring skis / splitboard and skins
  • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Ski / snowboard boots (your regular boots will work with the touring bindings)
  • Poles
  • Lift pass
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants – dress for a day in the alpine
  • Warm layers (fleece or puffy jacket)
  • Thermal under layer
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat/toque
  • Helmet
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (1 litre)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Camera

The important details:

Season: Nov – Apr

Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Location: Whistler

Max Ratio: 6 Clients to 1 Guide

Prerequisites: Average Fitness & Intermediate Skier

BOOK COURSE:

Price: $159/per person | $689/private (up to 6ppl)

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