Knowing how to ski well in natural conditions is essential to enjoyable and safe backcountry travel. Our Backcountry Performance course provides two low-ratio sessions with a qualified ski instructor, followed by a day in the backcountry with one of our ACMG-certified guides. Great for anyone looking to break free from the resort, or simply take their backcountry skiing to the next level.

Participants choose the dates and times for their sessions. As these programs are low ratio and priced at 2:1, please don’t hesitate to contact us to book dates if you are on your own. We'll work to try to find another person to join you.

Note that this is not a program for beginner skiers. Rather it is for skiers who are at minimum intermediate level on piste and looking to up their skiing standard to ski in natural snow conditions.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER: All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

Included in the price:

  • 2x 2-hour sessions with a top-end coach
  • 1 full day of guided backcountry skiing/snowboarding with an ACMG guide

Not included in the price:

  • Transport
  • Food
  • Personal equipment
  • Clothing
  • Avi kit


  • Avi Kit rental $10.00

    Avalanche kit rental includes transceiver, shovel and probe. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, and a solid shovel and probe. If you do not have all three of these things then you must rent a kit from us to take part. Avi Kits once rented are non-refundable.

  • Lift ticket $26.00

    This specially priced lift ticket is mandatory if you do not own a season pass. If you are not purchasing this add-on, you must email us at to confirm that you have a season pass, otherwise we will add a lift ticket to your booking. Lift Tickets once purchased are non-refundable.

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As low as:

$470.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)