Backcountry Courses

Backcountry Courses

Our backcountry courses series are designed to be educational tools to get you out in the backcountry and take you further safely.  Often done as both group trip for the general public or as a private custom trip for a group of friends these trips are designed to be a fun hands on way to learn more.

Our first series of courses are our introductory level intro to backcountry skiing and intro to splitboarding.  These courses are designed for the ski and snowboarder who has spent a time and are comfortable in-bounds and want to expand their skill set further into the backcountry.  These course focus on the basics of backcountry travel for both up and down hill.

Our Mountaineering Series, Intro to Ski/Splitboard Mountaineering, is for the person who has already skins and travels in the backcountry on their own but wants to take their skills to a higher level.  We work on traveling on steeper and higher terrain and how to work a rope into the mix so that we can do so safely.   This course is most often held on Mt. Shasta but can also be held on Tioga pass for custom trips.

Getting into deep into the backcountry is no problem but getting back after an accident can be impossible. Our Survival and Self-Rescue course is unique only to California Ski Guides.  This course is designed by our Senior Staff and our Consulting Wilderness Physician Dr. Emily Sagalyn.  It is designed to teach backcountry users the basics of how to perform an improvised rescue or overnight in the middle of winter using the equipment the average skier might have on hand.  This in conjunction with proper avalanche education is crucial to safe winter backcountry travel.