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Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Courses

Begginner Ski/ Splitboard Course

 

Venture beyond the lift lines and crowded resorts, and ski your own mountain! This private introduction to backcountry skiing is a great way to jump start your love for the solitude and pristine ski and split board (backcountry snowboarding) lines found in the Colorado backcountry.

Breathe cool Colorado mountain air and enjoy the views as we guide you into the alpine, at a pace that is enjoyable for you. Alpine forests and open slopes lay waiting for your first tracks through untouched Vail, Colorado backcountry powder.

Beginner backcountry skiing is available to skiers and boarders of all ability levels, including first time skiers and snowboarders. Slopes for skiing and snowboarding range from low angle beginner to intermediate as appropriate, with an emphasis placed on ease of travel, technique overview and enjoying the day.

 

Course topics may include:

  • Introduction to equipment and its use.
  • Skinning (or ascension) technique.
  • Efficient travel techniques.
  • Backcountry skiing and snowboarding instruction.

Choose a private day tour, select one of our group beginner backcountry skiing courses, or try an overnight tour to one of the remote Vail, Colorado area backcountry huts. No matter the trip, our focus is on creating an unforgettable day, developing your technique, and taking your skills to the next level.

Apex has Vail, Colorado backcountry skiing itineraries available to clients of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. We welcome individuals, groups, families and friends.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? Register at the Book It tab above.  You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

 

Backcountry Touring Options:

Split boards are snowboards that are halved down the middle. They can be used as ascension skis during uphill travel, accompanied by skins, and rejoined as a single unit for descent. Split boards offer the resort rider an efficient transition to backcountry riding.

Alpine Touring Skis allow backcountry skiers to ascend uphill with heels free, in walking mode with skins, and shorter boots make for ease of backcountry travel. Transitioning into downhill mode is as simple as removing your ascension skins and locking your heels down. The downhill ski technique is very similar to traditional downhill skiing at a ski area. This set-up, known commonly as AT skiing, offers an excellent opportunity for resort skiers to experience the backcountry.

Telemark Skis operate with a “free heel” system (no heel attachments exist for uphill or downhill travel) that allows you to ascend in walking mode with skins, as well as to descend in telemark mode, with the uphill knee bent slightly during turns. This option is available to skiers with telemark experience, and to skiers that wish to transition into telemarking. Flexible plastic boots and a fixed toe binding make walking more natural than AT skis.
Families, groups and singles are welcome. No experience is necessary, and we welcome all age, ability, and fitness levels. Whether by day tour, overnight hut trip or otherwise, we’ll customize to suit your wishes.

What to bring:

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food
  • Extra wool or synthetic socks

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Liner socks
  • Adjustable Poles
  • Small day pack
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera