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Intro to Backcountry

Ready to take your winter adventures to the backcountry? This 2 day course is for skiers & riders of all levels who want to learn more about efficient and safe backcountry travel from a professional.



Beginner to advanced, experience with inbounds skiing/snowboarding required


Ability to backcountry ski/ride for 2 days in a row



December to April

Group Size:

4 - 12 participants


2 days; each with 6-8 hours of field time


Cooke City, MT
Red Lodge, MT

Yellowstone NP


Rental avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe, & instruction from a professional guide 


Food, transportation, lodging, personal items, and guide gratuity

Course Details

This introductory course is built to set skiers and riders up with the skills they need to head into the backcountry comfortably on their own. Participants learn about tour preparation and planning, equipment use and maintenance, field decision making, and more. This is a great way for experienced inbound skiers to explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during winter!

Skills Covered:

  • Preparation & planning for a day in the backcountry​

  • Packing the right clothing/equipment 

  • Review of equipment (skins, bindings, boots, beacon, etc.)

  • Efficient track setting and selection

  • Hazard recognition and mitigation

  • Kick turn techniques
  • Transition locations & tips  

This course is 1-2 days long and starts with a briefing at our office in Cooke City. Here, we discuss logistics for a weekend of skiing in a new area. Day 1 takes us to town hill, where we can skin up from our doorstep. Participants will have the chance to practice kick turns and transitions with feedback from their guide, who will be walking them through the day's decision making. Day 2 takes us South of town, where we have a longer approach. Participants will have the opportunity to lead part of the day, both with track setting and group decision making. The main goal of this course is to prepare skiers and split boarders for day tours on their own. Guides make it a point to find the best snow in safe conditions while including participants in their process. *Although applying some skills from our avalanche courses, it is not a substitute and any winter backcountry traveler should take a Level 1 course before going on their own.


**Don't see a course date listed? Email our office to see if there is one coming up, or start a course of your own! Many of our courses are custom and low ratio, built to your needs.

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