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Good skiing course recommendations?

by aarshwine »

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 [ ] a necessary program for me at this stage? I've heard many people recommending it. But as a beginner, is it absolutely necessary? 


RE: Good skiing course recommendations?

by ksneds »

I don't have any experience with MST, but can highly recommend Yamnuska, also based out of Canmore.  YAM runs courses on Backcountry Skiing and Ski-Mountaineering, as well as a range of other mountain activities (climbing, mountaineering etc).  The Intro to Backcountry Skiing:

I believe that these courses will cover avalanche safety, but I think if you are going to do any backcountry skiing it is highly recommended to at least do AST1.  Avalanches, are unfortunately, not uncommon in the Rockies, and the more you know, the better.

 YAM runs AST1 and AST2 courses - the classroom component can be done in Calgary or Canmore, and the practical day at Bow Summit.  I'd sign up soon, no matter where you decide, as courses tend to fill up quickly.  I know some of YAM's earlier AST1 courses are already sold out.