Intro to Backcountry Skiing (Outdoor classroom)

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Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Contact leaders:

Martin Hofmann (Leader), Josh Slatkoff (Leader). Email:

Date and time:

  • December 8: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Zoom presentation)
  • December 11: 9:00 – 4:30 (outdoor classroom – Mt. Washington backcountry – meet at Raven Lodge)
  • December 12: 9:00 – 4:30 (optional tour – Mount Elma/Brooks – meet at Raven Lodge)

Category: Education

Cost: $25

Description: Learn the basics of backcountry skiing in this workshop. Open to telemarkers, alpine tourers, and splitboarders. We will cover equipment, snow travel and unique features of winter in the backcountry. Participants should have at least AST1 (or be enrolled in an AST1 course). On December 8, we will give a Zoom presentation on backcountry ski basics. On December 11, we go outside to review the basic skills and do a short tour in the neighbourhood of Raven Lodge. On December 12, there is an optional tour to Mt Elma/Brooks to practice skills learned the previous day. Participants to arrange their own accommodation.

Learn about:

– ski/snowboard gear
– avalanche gear
– clothing (layering systems)
Travel in the backcountry:
– route finding
– setting an uptrack
– terrain management
– skiing in the trees
Avalanche awareness:
– terrain awareness
– companion rescue practice

Skills needed: comfortable on single black diamond runs inbounds and some off-piste ski/riding skills

Gear needed: AT or Telemark Skis or Splitboard with skins that fit [can be rented from Ski Tak Hut), Avalanche Gear (3 antenna beacon, shovel and probe, can be rented from ACCVI –

Max participants: 16 participants (must be members of the ACC, preference given to Vancouver Island section members. All participants must present proof of being double vaccinated against COVID-19.)