- 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 also shared photos and videos of his amazing backcountry adventures!
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, in this Adventure Talk video, Rob shared with you some basic tools you can use on your backcountry journey.
Rob focused this Adventure Talk 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!
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Absolutely amazing video. Great job, Rob! Many resources share a lot of the same info Rob did in this video – but to hear him occasionally sprinkle in things like, “I’d probably just go to the resort on a day like this,” is SO valuable.
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.