• Overview
  • Curriculum
  • Includes
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  • Booking
  • Terms

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


  • Getting to know your 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

What We Provide

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

What You'll Need

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


  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Backcountry Essentials Course
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Adult ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $400.00 $0.00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Backcountry TESTING ONLY
    1 - 1 Pax
    Available Seats: 1

    Adult ( 1 - 1 Pax ) $400.00 $0.00 /Person

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Wasatch Mountain Guides Cancellation Policy


Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC will not refund fees paid if trips are cancelled within 7 days of departure, regardless of reason. Cancellation requests received more than 7 days before the trip start date will be refunded the trip fee less a 15% booking fee.


Wasatch Mountain Guides reserves the right to cancel trips due to environmental or other unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to, weather conditions or trail conditions, or permitting or access issues. We will make every effort to reschedule or offer advanced notice of route changes if and when possible. There will be no refunds for trips already in progress and trips will be charged according to the above cancellation policy. For longer trips, peak climbs, and ski mountaineering, unforeseen conditions including weather can affect field conditions and subsequently client safety. We reserve the right to terminate, change, or modify all trips at any time without a refund. Changes to a trip itinerary made by our guides for any reason do not constitute a cancellation, and no refunds will be made in this case.

If your trip is canceled by Wasatch Mountain Guides, amounts paid will be credited toward a future trip with Wasatch Mountain Guides. Wasatch Mountain Guides is not responsible for any expenses incurred in preparing for the trip, including, but not limited to, travel expenses, equipment rentals or purchase, or lodging.

Clients are solely responsible for evacuation costs, if necessary, including additional trailhead shuttles, ambulance, and emergency services. We strongly recommend that you purchase accident and trip insurance to secure your trip.

Wasatch Mountain Guides Client Responsibility + Safety Info

Safety And Participant Responsibility

Participants have responsibilities to themselves, Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and to each other. They must choose the trip that is appropriate for their interests and skill level. Good physical condition is important on all Wasatch Mountain Guides LLC and is a prerequisite for participation. Proper trip preparation includes, but is not limited to, acquisition of the proper equipment, understanding the trip’s itinerary, and familiarity with proper wilderness etiquette.

The activities you engage in during your program may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than other activities that you have participated in and you have a responsibility as a participant to be in optimal physical condition and health. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the potential dangers involved, as well as the knowledge that some dangers are unforeseeable and uncontrollable, and the knowledge that these dangers exist no matter your physical and mental preparedness.

You must follow all instructions given by WMG and your guide without question, even if you do not agree with those instructions. On a trek or expedition, our guides reserve the right to remove any person from a trip for any reason. These reasons include jeopardizing the safety of yourself or another team member or physical inability to climb at the level necessary for the chosen route. If your guide removes you from a program, you will not receive any refund and you will be responsible for any additional costs incurred in leaving the trip.