Intro to Backcountry Touring

Types: Skiing, Winter

Intro to Backcountry Touring

From equipment to track setting and transitions this Squamish based Intro to Ski Touring course is designed to get you prepared for a winter of adventure in the backcountry!

Intro to Backcountry Touring

The West Coast has some of the best ski touring in Canada from slackcountry laps behind Whistler-Blackcomb to the amazing Tantalus Range, Duffy Lake area and much, much more! If you've ever been curious about getting off the ski hill and into the backcountry then this is the course for you. Designed specifically to give you the skills needed to take your skiing into the backcountry this course will introduce you to backcountry touring equipment, avalanche safety equipment, uphill track setting, ski line assessment and more. Our goal will be to make you confident in your ability to join friends in the backcountry or even lead trips into simple terrain.

This course pairs well with our AST 1 which focuses more on the avalanche safety aspect of backcountry travel and less on the actual travel and equipment.

Waiver & Risk Management:

As you know, outdoor activities involve numerous hazards including, but not limited to, avalanches, crevasses, rockfall, slips and falls, equipment failure, poor weather, etc. And while we do our best to anticipate and mitigate these hazards we cannot completely eliminate them. So, as with anything fun, you will be required to sign our Participant Release to take part in one of our courses or trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we will put together a custom package.

Fine Print:

We have both 1 and 2 day programs for the Intro to Backcountry course:

Day 1 (only day for 1-day programs):

  • 8am: Meet at Bluebird Coffee, Tuning & Rentals in Squamish
    • Review avalanche bulletin & plan for the day
  • 9am: Drive to the trailhead to cover field skills:
    • Backcountry touring equipment set-up and use
    • Avalanche safety equipment & use
    • Companion rescue
    • Uphill track setting
  • 4:30pm: Back at the trail head

Day 2 (for 2-day programs):

  • 7-8am: Meet up – Location & Time determined on day 1
    • Review avalanche bulletin & plan for the day
    • Weather products
  • 8:30-9am: Head to Field to cover
    • Kick turns
    • Ski line assessment
    • Track setting efficiencies
    • Bootpacking
  • 4pm back at car
Intro to Backcountry Touring


  • Backcountry touring equipment
  • Avalanche safety equipment
  • Uphill track setting
  • Ski line assessment & more
Types Skiing, Winter
Season December to February
Prices From $199.00

What's Included

  • 1 Day Training with ACMG Certified Guides
  • Group Equipment

What's Not Included

  • Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Equipment
  • Personal Safety Equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.)
  • Food
  • Transportation


  • Blue Square Skier
  • Able to hike for 2-3 hours
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment - 2 Day Rental $70.00
  • BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie) $35.00

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Avalanche Safety Equipment - 2 Day Rental

This rental kit includes: Transceiver, Probe, Shovel & Ski Touring Backpack.

BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie)

A beautiful fleece lined merino wool toque. They come in black and grey though colours are subject to availability.