Are you curious about backcountry touring? Have you tried it, but want a more structured introduction? This course is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of backcountry skiing and splitboarding. You will learn about backcountry gear and the basics of touring while actually touring around the backcountry of Crystal Mountain with our professional guides. This course is also offered at Snoqualmie Pass.
This 1-day Ski Touring course is designed to give you an introduction to the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. Getting familiar with the equipment specific to touring, uphill and downhill transitions, uphill movement skills including kick turns, and traveling with a group will be among the topics covered. While there will be some discussion about using your beacon, shovel, and probe, the focus of this course is on touring. We recommend taking an avalanche safety course (e.g., an AIARE 1 Avalanche course) as a good compliment to any ski touring course.
The course takes place in the Crystal Mountain backcountry. It is open to skiers (AT and Telemark) and Splitboarders.
Courses typically run from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate
Skills Required: Advanced skiing skills in the ski area
Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous
Snow Travel Gear
Although tipping is not a requirement, it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or a flat amount that you are comfortable with.