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Backcountry 101

Backcountry 101

BACKCOUNTRY 101 

Get the 101 on all things backcountry! These courses help give you the foundations, extra knowledge and tips so you can accelerate your backcountry journey. Our backcountry 101 courses are 1 day field day courses, like snow science, splitboarding and ski touring. We also offer online learning opportunities, like digital navigation, and more! Check out the courses below for more information and register today!

Snow Science 101

In order to move safely in the mountains you need to learn how to look at the snow under your feet. In this one-day field course you will learn how to quickly gather relevant snowpack information.

Splitboarding 101

New to Splitboarding? We have been there too! In this one day course, we will show you the ropes of splitboarding. We understand that everyone starts off somewhere and not everyone has friends who have the patience to teach you how to keep up. 

Ski Touring 101

New to Ski Touring? We've been there too! In this one day course, we will show you the ropes of backcountry ski touring. We understand that everyone starts off somewhere and not everyone has friends who have the patience to teach you how to keep up.


“A surprising characteristic
of corn snow is its abrasive quality”


Snow Science 101


2020/2021 DATES

  • March 13th, 2021

Course Cost: $149 +tax (*other fees may apply*)

In order to move safely in the mountains you need to learn how to look at the snow under your feet.

In this one-day field course you will learn how to quickly gather relevant snowpack information. We will show you how to effectively and efficiently use hand shears, burp tests, compression tests, extended column tests and deep tap tests. 

You must have taken the AST-1 course to enroll in this course.

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private trip for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available.

  • Course Cost:

    $149 +tax     *Other fees may apply

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.








Splitboarding 101


2020/2021 DATES

  • Contact us for information

Course Cost: $149 +tax (*other fees may apply*) 

New to Splitboarding? We have been there too!

In this one day course, we will show you the ropes of splitboarding. We understand that everyone starts off somewhere and not everyone has friends who have the patience to teach you how to keep up.  

 Splitboarding comes with unique challenges that are easily overcome with tips and tricks from our expert guides.  Learn how to transition quickly, manage those sticky skins, split your board with ease and read terrain so you don't end up on flats! We will also show you some low-avalanche-risk terrain to practice your skills in. We are passionate about what we do and are eager to get you hooked.

This is an entry-level course that anyone can participate in!

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private trip for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available.

  • Course Cost:

    $149 +tax     *Other fees may apply

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.







Ski Touring 101


2020/2021 DATES

  • Contact us for more information

Course Cost: $149 +tax (*other fees may apply*)

New to Ski Touring? We have been there too!

In this one day course, we will show you the ropes of backcountry ski touring. We understand that everyone starts off somewhere and not everyone has friends who have the patience to teach you how to keep up.  

This course is all about learning in a supportive environment. We will show you how to utilize your gear, put your skins on efficiently, clip into tech bindings, transition quickly, move uphill efficiently, and show you some low avalanche risk terrain to practice your skills in.  We are passionate about what we do and are eager to get you hooked.

This is an entry-level course that anyone can participate in!

Please contact us if you wish to book this as a private trip for you and your friends or family. Custom dates are available.

  • Course Cost:

    $149 +tax     *Other fees may apply

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

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