An increasing number of people are thinking about getting into the backcountry these days. The numbers on our avalanche courses are a good indication of that! But for many, it's their skiing or snowboarding skills in natural snow conditions that need attention. That's why we've developed this program consisting of two, two-hour, low-ratio sessions with a high-end ski or snowboard coach, followed by a day of off-piste backcountry with our certified guides.
Pricing is based on instructor-to-student ratio with the maximum ratio being 3:1. Participants choose the dates and times for their sessions. As these programs are low ratio and priced at 2:1, even if you are on your own, you should contact us to book dates. We'll work to try to find another person to join you.
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.
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:
- Personal equipment
- Avi kit
Avi Kit rental $10.00
Includes Transceiver (modern, digital 3-antenna), Shovel and Probe. This equipment will be signed out to you for the duration of the course and you will be responsible for any loss or damage. If you are bringing your own avalanche transceiver, be sure that it is a modern, digital, three antenna transceiver and that it has fresh batteries in it. Malfunctioning or inadequate equipment uses up precious learning time for all participants. Please come properly prepared.
- Backcountry Performance (pdf)