(17 January 2015)
Safety First. While our heliski and catski operators have a 100% safety record, backcountry safety is personal. From being able to read the terrain and conditions and really knowing your gear.
So, if you’re looking to get stronger backcountry skills, take advantage of a Backcountry Skiing Clinic if your in the neighborhood.
One, Big Mountain Center, is really close to a few of our operators in BC.
Kicking Horse, British Columbia
Much of the inbounds terrain at this resort in Golden, British Columbia, feels like the backcountry, with 85 chutes designated on the trail map and acres of ungroomed steeps and glades on the upper mountain. In other words, it’s a perfect training ground for developing the skiing or riding skills necessary for the backcountry, especially under the watchful eye of a guide from the resort’s Big Mountain Center, who will teach intermediates and above how to manage high-alpine terrain while sharing tucked-away powder stashes. Starting this winter, Kicking Horse also offers two-day basic avalanche safety courses taught by members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and scheduled on nine weekends throughout the ski season, a frequency that’s hard to find at other resorts. (kickinghorseresort.com)
Even NY Times dedicate ink for backcountry skiing experience, and you find more clinics across North America: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/travel/getting-into-backcountry-safely.html?_r=0