Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Backcountry

  • 02

    Getting Ready

    • Skis, Skins, Boots and Bindings

    • Split-Boards

    • Layering

    • What's in your pack?

    • Knowledge Check

  • 03

    Avalanche Theory

  • 04


    • Weather Forecast

    • Avalanche Bulletin

    • Knowledge Check

  • 05

    Touring basics

    • Introduction

    • Trailhead Procedures

    • Layering

    • Track Setting

    • Skinning Techniques

    • Knowledge Check

  • 06

    Traveling in avalanche terrain

  • 07

    Companion Rescue

    • Single Search

    • Probe and Shovel

    • Group companion rescue

    • Knowledge Check

  • 08

    Pre trip planning

    • Reading a map

    • Digital Products

    • Avalanche Forecast

    • Weather Forecast

    • Rescue Plan

    • Quick Reference

  • 09

    Next Steps

    • Next Steps

    • Case Study

    • Special thanks to:

    • Survey

    • Final Quiz

Your Instructors

Studying photojournalism seemed like a good plan for the Rockies-raised snowboarder, until she realised that her crushing shyness wasn’t well-suited to a profession that demands you to walk up to complete strangers and ask to document their lives. After transitioning back to guiding (her original dream) and becoming the first female snowboarder to hold an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides qualification, Christine outgrew her shyness and found her place in the mountains, even though that meant enduring an endless stream of “helpful” advice suggesting she ditch the split board and just ski.

Christine Feleki

ACMG Guide

Your Instructors

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Ross discovered the mountains as a teenager visiting Western Canada's best winter destinations as a sponsored snowboarder. At the age of 16 he was introduced to rock climbing through a local Whistler guide. This experience completely captivated him and opened his eyes to the huge potential the mountains present. In the following years, he completed his certification as an International Mountain Guide. “I feel privileged to be able to work as a mountain guide and look forward to sharing the thrill of the mountains with my guests.” Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli-ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer. @ross_berg_

Ross Berg

IFMGA Mountain Guide

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