Backcountry Skiing Safety for Beginners


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It’s time to take your first ski turns in the backcountry

Join us Tuesday, November 23rd, for a free one-hour webinar with AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rob Coppolillo, on how to safely take the plunge into backcountry skiing.

With the backcountry ski season quickly approaching, now’s the time to learn what it takes to transition your skills off the resort and onto untouched backcountry powder. In this educational session, AMGA Guide Rob Coppolillo will share tips on how to get started safely, covering everything from the gear you need to planning your first adventure. Consider this Backcountry Skiing 101—a crash course in backcountry basics before you carve your first lines beyond the groomers.

With a little effort, humility, and willingness to learn, anyone can become a backcountry skier, and Rob’s webinar is designed to set you on that path. The goal is to have fun while staying safe.

Rob is an internationally licensed mountain guide and author of the newly released 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’s no better teacher around!



  • Alpine touring basics
  • How to plan your backcountry adventure
  • Gear required for earning your turns
  • How to ski safely in backcountry conditions
  • Where to go—Rob will set you up for finding the best snow
  • What is “off-piste” skiing
  • The difference between “backcountry” and “slackcountry”
  • How to mitigate risk in backcountry conditions
  • 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 safely ski in the backcountry. Get free professional advice from an internationally recognized mountain guide.

This is going to be one the biggest backcountry ski seasons to date, and you can be a part of it. After this free one-hour session, you’ll have all the info you need to plan your first backcountry adventure this year!

Webinar host

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“, will be published by Falcon Guides in November 2020.

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