Risk Awareness for Backcountry Skiers


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Learn how to lower your risk & make smarter backcountry decisions

This webinar was presented on Thursday, February 25th, with AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Rob Coppolillo in partnership with Jack Wolfskin & Somewear Labs.

Heading into the backcountry this season requires that skiers know the risks and how to safely manage them, especially in avalanche terrain. If you’re new to backcountry skiing, let internationally licensed mountain guide Rob Coppolillo teach you what you need to consider before leaving the groomers behind. From the avalanche courses you need to take to the safety gear you need to invest in to how to stay risk aware, Rob will share with you some basic tools you can use on your backcountry journey.

Rob will focus this webinar on the one thing that every backcountry skier needs to learn — avalanche awareness and avoidance. This is not a replacement for formal avalanche education, but a primer on how to get started raising your level of awareness. With a little effort, humility, and willingness to learn, anyone can become a backcountry skier, and Rob will teach you about the importance of heading out with a guide and how they can help you prepare for backcountry adventuring in a safe way. Rob is the author of The Ski Guide Manual: Advanced Techniques for the Backcountry, as well as an AIARE Level 1 & 2 Instructor. His guidebooks are what guides turn to for info, so there is no better teacher than him!

Tune in, Thursday, February 25th, and find out how you can safely experience the magic of backcountry powder with the help of Rob Coppolillo.



  • How to lower risk in backcountry conditions and avoid avalanche terrain
  • What you need to consider before leaving the ski area
  • Why formal avalanche training is essential to backcountry adventuring
  • The three items of safety gear you need for backcountry touring
  • Why touring with a guide offers immense value to new skiers
  • Rob will also share photos and videos of his amazing backcountry adventures!


Rob will follow up with a live Q&A session, where you can ask him anything you want to know about how to lower risk while skiing in the backcountry. This year is one of the biggest backcountry ski seasons to date, and with the right tools and education, you can be a part of it. Get valuable, free professional advice from an internationally recognized mountain guide.

Webinar host & partners

Rob Coppolillo

IFMGA/AMGA Rock, Ice and Alpine Guide

Rob Coppolillo is an AMGA and IFMGA Mountain Guide, and the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides. In fact, Rob’s one of the first 100 Americans to have earned international certification through the International Federation Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA). Having lived in Boulder, Colorado, for 30 years, he now bases in Chamonix, France, with his wife and two sons. He’s a freelance writer who speaks English, Italian and French, and his most recent book, “The Ski Guide Manual,” was published by Falcon Guides in November 2020.

4oz Global Hotspot


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The Kingston 22 RECCO pack

Jack Wolfskin

The Kingston 22 RECCO pack is highly versatile and great for backcountry day trips. The pack contains a RECCO chip making it easier for emergency services to find you in the backcountry. The pack includes an integrated rain cover, stow-away waistbelt, and is compatible with hydration bladders.


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