Backcountry Essentials Course

Learn and practise essential avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and splitboards


During two days of ski touring or splitboarding, learn and practise essential avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and splitboards, while enjoying our legendary Wasatch terrain. Designed for those who'd like to learn the basics of backcountry travel. If you are fit and have good aerobic endurance, you will do well on this two-day trip.

Upcoming Dates

Your choice

December to May

Escape the lift lines and discover the majesty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains from the backcountry. Explore the stunning Wasatch range on skis during this privately guided course with Wasatch Mountain Guides!


You’ll love this course if you:

  • Want to learn to ski tour and get away from the resort crowds
  • Have some off piste experience, but yearn to dig into backcountry powder skiing

Course Details:

  • Difficulty: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required
  • Meeting Time: Generally 8am 
  • Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on objective

What We Provide:

  • IFMGA ski and mountaineering guides
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack (if needed)


What You Need:

  • Lunch, water and snacks for 2 days
  • Review the equipment list



  • Getting to know our equipment
  • Objectives for safe travel in avalanche terrain (terrain, terrain, terrain!)
  • Current hazards (weather and avalanche forecast)
  • Group capabilities and limitations
  • Group travel procedures
  • Beacon rescue
  • Maximizing our efficiency on skins
  • Kick turning skills and tricks
  • Safety concerns whilst ascending a line
  • Safety concerns whilst skiing/boarding a line
  • Introduction to snow stability assessment techniques
  • Picking suitable unguided tours 
  • Progression of tours to enable goals to be achieved



These are Private Courses so simply contact us to schedule


Cost depending on Student to Instructor Ratio:

  •         1:1 $825
  •         2:1 $550 per person
  •         3:1 $450 per person
  •         4:1 $400 per person


  • Cost

    From $400 per person for 2 days

    1:1 $825
    2:1 $550 per person
    3:1 $450 per person
    4:1 $400 per person

  • Duration

    2 day course

  • Client/Guide

    4:1 (max)

  • Downloads

    Equipment List


CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19: Uncertainties

Please rest assured we are holding our usual dates, providers and guides, to provide our WMG experience to its usual high standards of success and excellence, despite the uncertainty at this time. Please contact us to learn more about our special cancellation policies for current bookings to accommodate circumstances.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

Jack Kerouac

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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Course

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