Good skiing course recommendations?
I've been wanting to get into backcountry skiing for a while now and I currently have the time to really commit to it. Thought of starting off with a proper backcountry skiing course. I got a few recommendations, but I'm still unsure of which choice to take. Is the MSA in Canmore a good option to start with? Or should I consider others? Also, is the avalanche safety training [ http://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/avalanche-safety-courses ] a necessary program for me at this stage? I've heard many people recommending it. But as a beginner, is it absolutely necessary?