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Intro to Backcountry A/T Skiing

June 01, 2021

If you aspire to “earn your turns” and enjoy untouched snow back down, here’s your answer!

Are you interested in backcountry skiing, but don’t know where to start? Hesitant to invest in gear and training before you try it out? If you aspire to “earn your turns” up a quiet skin track, make perfect kick turns and enjoy untouched snow back down, here’s your answer!

This new ski program is the perfect opportunity to learn how to have a great day in the backcountry. We will focus on how to use modern A/T (Alpine/Touring) equipment, touch upon the basic principles of avalanche safety, terrain management, backcountry travel & preparedness, and how to use an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. We will spend most of our time skiing and skinning outside on the snow. This program is perfect for those who have always wanted to see what it’s like to ski on their own outside of the resort!

Please note: These are not official avalanche safety courses and provide just an introduction to safety in the backcountry.


TBA for 21/22 season


The program begins at 8:30 am and ends around 2-3 pm. The round trip distance is about 3-4 miles. We can spend more/less time/distance in the backcountry if the group wants to! Terrain difficulty and tour length will be determined by group consensus.


We offer many options for lodging & meals during your visit. *dinner not included in tour price. Check out our lodging options by clicking here.


Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center


$149 per person


13 and up


Comfortable skiing intermediate groomed runs. Average fitness level or above.

Equipment Provided

Complete A/T backcountry setup includes:
Dynafit Dhualagiri skis with Dynafit TLT Radical ST 2.0 tech bindings and Dynafit Speedskins
Dynafit TLT7 A/T Boots
Beacon (BCA Tracker 2)
Boxed Lunch
YMCA Trail Pass


Registration for the 21/22 season has not yet begun.


Guest should provide their own day pack, ski helmet, warm clothes, snacks and water. Please see our FAQ for additional information.

Assigned Categories: Activities & Programming, Nordic Center

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