1 - 4 people
Come get off the beaten path this winter and learn the fundamentals you need to discover backcountry skiing and all of the beauty it has to offer! Say good bye to lift lines and look forward to skiing pristine powder. This course is great to take if you're interested in Avalanche Education. You'll never want to do resort runs after this. Lake Tahoe offers some choice skiing to be had. Come get it!
Welcome to Lake Tahoe and the wonderful world of backcountry skiing!
Lake Tahoe and its environs offer amazing opportunities for those of you looking to get away from resort skiing. You'll learn all of the necessary tips and tricks from a professional guide like uphill travel techniques and general touring equipment options.
After this class you'll
- Be ready to try out some other backcountry tours
- Never want to wait for a lift again
- Have skied some beautiful snow in beautiful country
- Have a good understanding of all the components that make up a tour in the backcountry
Prerequisites for backcountry skiing
- All participants should be comfortable traveling in snow under while carrying touring gear. Though it is a beginner course, excellent physical fitness is required
- Skiers must be competent resort skiers able to link turns in a variety of terrain and snow conditions
Here's a sample itinerary for your day out
- 8:00am - 8:30am: Meet your guide and go over your gear
- 8:30am - 12:00pm: Head out for the first climb and ascent of the day!
- 12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch!
- 12:30pm - 3:30pm: For the afternoon portion, we can do more skiing or work in a mock avalanche rescue
All participants must bring or rent their own backcountry gear
Need to know
- All guiding fees
What's not included
- AT skis and boots, splitboards and avalanche equipment are all available to rent through the guiding service at competitive prices
Gear to bring
- Water and snacks (guides recommend 1-2L of water)
- Lighter, more breathable layer options than a typical resort layering system. An additional light pair of gloves is preferred for uphill travel
- Ski poles with powder baskets, or a pair of collapsable poles for splitboarding (These are available at no extra charge if you need them)
- A backpack, and any avalanche rescue gear you may own. (Our guides recommend packs around 20-30L)