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$325 CDN includes instruction. GST is extra.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Optional PLUS DAY:
$265 plus GST. Every Monday following 'Intro to Backcountry Skiing'. Available to weekend participants only.

Is it for you?

In this course we introduce participants to backcountry skiing through a better understanding of gear plus the basic skills and practices required for safer and more enjoyable ski touring. Avalanche awareness will be touched upon, but it is strongly recommended that participants also take the Avalanche Skills Training 1 course offered by Yamnuska.


Participants are required to be at least intermediate skiers on alpine or telemark gear (i.e. must feel comfortable on blue runs). Participants should be 'hiking fit'.


Splitboarders should be at an advanced level of snowboarding at the resort and able to handle flat sections and traverses.  Note that our guides will be on skis but are familiar with splitboarding equipment.

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Intro to Backcountry Skiing

With unlimited potential for ski lines and descents, the backcountry is where the heart of every true skier resides. The shift from resort skiing to the backcountry has taken off in recent years and our beginner backcountry ski course will give you the foundational skills you need to get out of the lift lines.

Our certified ski guides will teach you how to use the gear, travel on 'skins' and backcountry skiing technique in this course. Whether your objective is to ski untracked backcountry powder or to experience the beauty of alpine ski touring, this weekend course will introduce you to one of the fastest growing winter activities in the world.

The opportunity for backcountry skiing in Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis and Lake Louise is nearly limitless. Discover this magnificent sport and learn the skills to get out backcountry skiing where its 'fresh tracks' nearly every run. Caution: You may never return to a ski hill again!

In addition to taking this beginner backcountry skiing course check out the 'Plus Days' add-on option and you'll be just blown away by what you can accomplish on this weekend.

There is a definite difference between resort skiing and backcountry skiing. To maximize the field time, we meet you on Friday night at our office to discuss gear and start our course overview. This saves a lot of time for the next day so we can head right out to the mountains for some skiing.

Sample Course Agenda & Curriculum

Friday: 7:30pm, meet at Yamnuska Office in Canmore.

  • Course introduction and briefing
  • Gear for backcountry skiing (lecture & discussion)
  • Safety in the backcountry (lecture & discussion)
  • Planning a backcountry ski trip (lecture & discussion)
  • Plan Saturday Field trip (map, weather, avalanche conditions)
  • Gear check
  • Finish by 10:00pm

 Saturday: 7:30am, field day, meet at our office.

  • Avalanche beacon practice and check
  • Equipment familiarization
  • Uphill turns
  • Ski Techniques
  • Avalanche rescue practice
  • Return to Canmore office
  • Plan ski tour for Sunday
  • Trail breaking & track setting

Sunday: 7:30am, ski tour, meet at our office.

  • Participants will carry out the ski tour they planned the previous evening with the coaching and supervision of their instructors
  • Finish tour by 4:00pm
  • Wrap up course, return to Canmore

Join us for an additional day of backcountry skiing every Monday following our Intro to Backcountry Skiing course.  Sign up for our ‘Plus Day’ add-on option where you’ll get the opportunity to get out for another backcountry ski and put into practice all of the skills you've acquired.  (Must be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

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