Intro to Backcountry

Alpenglow Expeditions

Learn the fundamentals of traveling safely and efficiently in the backcountry. This trip prepares you for the more advanced Truckee Skyline Traverse.

This one day course will introduce you to the fundamentals of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. After this course, you will be able to plan and execute an efficient, simple backcountry ski tour. Come out and learn the techniques and tricks from a professional ski guide, and get away from the lifts and the crowds of the ski area. Our Introduction to Backcountry Skiing is a great prerequisite for an AIARE 1 avalanche course.  Timing is 8a - 4p.


Field sessions take place in Shirley Canyon, located within Olympic Valley. Alpenglow operates in partnership with The Tahoe National Forest and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.

Skills covered:

Touring equipment options
Clothing layering and techniques
Use of Beacon, Probe and Shovel
How to interpret an Avalanche Bulletin
Uphill travel techniques using climbing skins
Avalanche hazard recognition and avoidance
Downhill travel techniques and group management
Difficulty: Strong intermediate to advanced skiing level required.

 Alpenglow also rents avalanche kits for a small fee for those who don’t own their own beacon, probe and shovel.

Alpenglow Expeditions operates under a special use permit from the Tahoe, Inyo and Eldorado National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Offered By: Alpenglow Expeditions

Categories: snow, tours


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