Introduction to Backcountry Skiing & Boarding




Course  Description

Do you want to try out Backcountry skiing or Splitboarding? We are enthusiastic backcountry fanatics in SIlverton and we want to share our passion for backcountry skiing and boarding with you! This course is designed for people new to backcountry skiing/Splitboarding.  We know there are a myriad of choices of gear and equipment and we can help you choose  what works.

Our 2 day course teaches you the basics of being in the backcountry.This course starts with the fundamentals and our progression eases you into the sport and  ensures you have a really fun time.  

Course  Outcome

This is designed to prepare you to take a Level 1 avalanche course and maximize your experience by setting you up with the right skills.

    • Backcountry etiquette
    • What gear you need and how it works
    • Downhill skiing in powder and variable snow conditions
    • How to dress to stay warm and comfortable in mountain conditions
    • Moving uphill efficiently; setting a good skin track
    • Basic navigational skills and choosing the right tour
    • Intro to basic avalanche awareness and safety equipment
    • Basic rescue concepts


  • Intermediate downhill travel. Can you comfortably ski “blue” runs at a resort?
  • Moderate fitness. Able to travel uphill at altitude for 1 hour.

Course  Details

Course is  2  days, from 8am to 4pm.

Dates Offered:

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm daily

Cost: $250 per person

Cost Includes: Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel and probe).  

Affordable rental packages available: (splitboards,skis, boots, poles, backpacks, skins)

Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.

Venue: Kendall Mtn Recreation Center  |  Silverton, CO (Unless Stated Otherwise)

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed.

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