Fernie Back Country Basics

$ 329.00

Fernie Ski School

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Product Description

Backcountry Basics Backcountry Basics is a 2 day course introducing clients to the use of avalanche rescue equipment, ski touring equipment and uphill travel techniques, mountain environment awareness and ski improvement, all taking place in a safe, inbounds, avalanche controlled area (to be determined daily) . Clients will require lift tickets as the course will mainly utilize lift services to access many hidden areas throughout the resort, ideal for safe uphill travel and ski improvement. Potential clients should be min. Level 5 adventurous intermediates able to ski off-piste, who are inexperienced in uphill travel and the use of rescue equipment. This course will not give clients all the skills needed to travel in the backcountry alone, but prepare them for further courses offered through the Canadian Avalanche Center. (AST courses)


Course content Day 1:

  • Proper equipment and correct fit.
  • Warm up, skiing with pack, ski improvement.
  • Discussion of terrain features with regards to avalanche awareness, safe travel routes, terrain traps, weather, etc.
  • Transceiver training and probe search.
  • Uphill ski tour. Start with probe search practice and transceiver recap. Depending on area selected and ability of group, plan for a 30-45 min. hike.
  • Discussion on the importance of nutrition and hydration.
  • Après ski and debrief

Day 2:

  • Warm up ski with ski improvement. Contact patrol to discuss best area for uphill travel.
  • Short boot hike or ski tour. Review from day 1 (transceivers, probes, terrain etc.).
  • Ski Tour in afternoon. Planning of route.
  • Après ski and debrief

Course dates: January 14 & 15, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) February 9 & 10, 2017 (Thursday & Friday) March 11 & 12, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday

      9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days