Excited to ski the backcountry but don’t know where to begin? This course is for you!

Are you a resort skier looking to get outside the boundaries? Using a combination of field-based learning and indoor presentations, we’ll cover trip planning, avalanche safety and companion rescue, backcountry equipment use and repair, as well as uphill and downhill ski/travel techniques.

Conveniently located for Boise locals, this weekend course will utilize the lifts at Bogus Basin to access the extensive backcountry terrain outside the ski resort boundary. A perfect intro to the skills needed for accessing the backcountry, you’ll also start learning your backyard terrain!

 Day 1

  • Welcome and course overview
  • Avalanche safety and the avalanche bulletin
  • Fundamentals of avalanche rescue
  • Intro to backcountry skiing equipment
  • Field ski tour:
    • Uphill travel techniques
    • Transitions
    • Avalanche safety in the field
    • Downhill ski techniques

Day 2

  • Trip planning
  • What’s in your pack?
  • Field ski tour: putting it all together
  • Avalanche rescue scenarios
  • Course ends 4:30pm

Difficulty: Good fitness, intermediate downhill ski skills

Duration: 2 days

Meeting Time: 8am

Meeting Location: Pioneer Lodge – 3rd floor, Bogus Basin Ski Resort

What We Provide:

  • Highly trained, professional instructor
  • All educational materials

What You Need:


  • January 21-22, 2017 (FULL)
  • February 11-12, 2017 (Spaces Available)

Ratio: 5:1

Rates: $260/person (3 person minimum)