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North Lake Tahoe Backcountry 1.0

A professional ski guide leads a group of backcountry skiers on an intro to backcountry course in Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe Backcountry 1.0

Per Person
Per Person
Introductory 8 Hours / Full Day Lake Tahoe, CA
Learn to backcountry ski or splitboard in North Lake Tahoe with our professional mountain guides. In this Intro To Backcountry course, you’ll learn the basics of backcountry touring from our Tahoe ski guides. Both skiers and splitboarders are welcome in this course. This is the first part of our three-part Intro To Backcountry series.
Mar 1, 2024
Learn Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding in Lake Tahoe with professional ski guides.

This one day course will introduce you to the fundamentals of backcountry skiing and snowboarding in North Lake Tahoe.

After this course, you will be able to plan and execute an efficient yet simple backcountry tour. Come out and learn backcountry touring techniques and skills from a professional guide, and get away from the lifts and the crowds of the resort. Our Backcountry 1.0 course is the ideal preparation and requirement for an AIARE 1 avalanche course. This is a beginner level backcountry skills course, however this course is not for beginner level downhill skiers & riders. Please see the preparation section for more information if you are not sure if you qualify before reserving. This course takes place in North Lake Tahoe. We also offer this course in South Lake Tahoe.

Technical Experience

Must be an advanced intermediate skier/rider that is competent on and off-piste terrain in a variety of conditions. Should feel comfortable on all blue runs and most black diamond runs at a ski resort.


Excellent physical fitness is required. Skiers must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.
8:00 – 9:00
Meet & Greet

Meet your guide and fellow skiers & riders. Meeting location can be at any trailhead, but the default location is our offices in the Village at Palisades. We usually spend the first hour in a casual environment, reviewing gear and equipment, setting goals for the day, and getting to know each other.

8:30 – 12:00
Morning Tour

After reviewing gear and equipment and assessing our group goals we’ll head out for the first climb and descent of the day. During this initial climb, your guide will go over many subjects spanning from the basics of stepping in and out of bindings, to completing your first kick turn, to route selection and terrain observations. There’s no rush, and we’ll move at a comfortable pace.

12:00 – 12:30

In between the morning and afternoon sessions, we’ll take a break for some much needed calories. The timing may not always be right at noon though. Be prepared for this stop to happen as the day dictates. You’ll have ample opportunity before lunch to have some water and snacks along the way.

12:30 – 3:30
Afternoon Tour

Depending on our observations and learnings from the morning, we’ll spend the afternoon exploring terrain, skiing & riding and we may even work in a mock avalanche rescue.

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