Ready to take your backcountry missions to the bigger lines? Take a multi-day course or make a custom trip out of it! Ski Mountaineering is for experienced backcountry skiers & riders who want to learn more about objective-based skiing in steep terrain, winter camping, or glacial travel.
Goose Lake Camp
Learn expedition preparation and ski mountaineering skills and techniques on this multi-day backcountry ski trip. Isolated deep in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness, this trip will provide snowmobile access to the wilderness boundary, where a variety of incredible terrain provides opportunities for ski mountaineering from a backcountry basecamp far from the crowds.
Whitetail & Castle Mountain
Tackle world-class descents from this Beartooth basecamp in spring conditions. Primary objectives for this course include the epic Whitetail Couloir and the NE Couloirs on Castle Peak.
Private & Custom Trips
Book your own custom day or trip tailored to your expereinces and goals. The Beartooth Mountains around Cooke City and Red Lodge offer fabiulous terrain for ski descents! Ascent mountains in the 11000ft - 12000ft range like Iceberg, Zimmer, Sawtooth, Granite, Whitetail etc. Ski Mounatineering season starts a bit later in the season with the earliest good conditions in February.
Advanced, experience backcountry skiing/riding required
Ability to do two 3,000' touring days in a row
February to June
2 days; each with 6-8 hours of field time
This ski mountaineering course is built to set skiers up with the skills they need to consider more advanced descents and backcountry objectives. A highlight of this course is the management of steep terrain on both the ascent and descent. Participants with goals involving glaciers may also practice glacial travel and rescue techniques. This is a great way for advanced and experienced skiers to break into bigger terrain.
Tour planning for a big objective
Technical gear selection
- Ascent with ski crampons & steep kick turns
- Ascent with boots, crampons, and ice axe
Rope management with technical descents
Glacial travel techniques (optional)
Crevasse rescue (optional)
Multi-day objective (May-June)
These courses are typically 2 days long and starts with outlining participant goals beforehand over email. From here, these courses are largely dependent on conditions and learning objectives. Winter courses may spend two days managing steep and powder filled couloirs, while spring courses generally spend a night or more in the mountains seeking steep terrain. The goal of this course is to provide participants with the technical ability needed to find, plan for, and attempt objectives that suit their skillsets.
**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.