Skip to Content

Backcountry 3.0

Learn Backcountry Skiing Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Lessons Backcountry Skiing Workshops Tahoe Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Courses Splitboard Lessons Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Instruction Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Workshops Learn Splitboarding Tahoe Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Guides Splitboard Clinics Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Training Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Classes Beginner Backcountry Skiing Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Skills Backcountry Skiing Intro Course Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Techniques Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Basics Splitboard Training Tahoe Tahoe Splitboarding Tips Backcountry Skiing for Beginners Tahoe

Backcountry 3.0

$265 Mid-Week
Per Person
Per Person
Advanced 8 hours / Full Day Lake Tahoe, CA
The third part in our three-part Intro to Backcountry course series, this course is designed to be your formal introduction to ski mountaineering principles and practices. This course can be taken as a stand-alone option, but is designed to be taken in conjunction with our Backcountry 1.0 and 2.0 courses. In this course, you’ll learn advanced backcountry skills on how to safely approach steep lines while adding non-standard tools like ice axe, crampons and harnesses to your touring tool kit. Both skiers and splitboarders are welcome in this course. This is an advanced level course. Please see the preparation section before reserving. This course takes place in North Lake Tahoe. We also offer this course in South Lake Tahoe.
Jan 20, 2024

A deep dive into the world of Ski Mountaineering

Backcountry 3.0 is a day-long, in-depth introduction to ski mountaineering principles, techniques and skills. This course is designed for backcountry skiers and splitboarders who are interested in exploring steeper, higher and more exposed lines.

Ski mountaineering is the next step for backcountry enthusiasts who are looking to get farther out from the trailhead, while having the tool kit to tackle steeper slopes. This course is the third act in our three-part Intro to Backcountry series. Please see Backcountry 1.0 and Backcountry 2.0 for descriptions of the previous courses.


Advanced skiers or riders who have taken our BC 1.0 and BC 2.0, PLUS 5-10 days of backcountry experience OR those that have 25+ days of individual touring experience are welcome to join.


Excellent physical fitness is required. Skiers and splitboarders must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.

Technical Experience

Participants must be expert backcountry travelers, and expert level skiers/riders that are confident on all black diamond runs at a resort in all conditions. You don’t need to have prior rope skills or climbing skills.
Meet Your Guide

Meet your guide and get an overview of the day. You’ll most likely be meeting your guide at a trailhead designated in advance. You’ll spend the first few minutes of the morning reviewing gear, and making a plan with goals and objectives for the day.

8:30 – 12
Morning Skills Session

Starting with the basics, we gradually add new skills and techniques to the table. Some tools you’ll be introduced to are harness and belay device, ski crampons, ropes, boot crampons and ice axes.

12 – 12:30

In between the morning and afternoon sessions, we’ll take a break for some much needed calories.This is a great moment to reflect on the lessons from the morning, and pick your guide’s brain about topics that you want to learn more about.

12:30 – 4
Afternoon Skills Session

Building on the skills of the morning, we will enter demanding terrain and get some hands-on practice.

Alpenglow’s Backcountry 3.0 Guides

Meet some of the guides who you might be skiing/riding with.

Here’s what you need to know:

Mount Shasta skiing West Face ski Ski mountaineering trip Backcountry skiers Technical lines Advanced skills Backcountry skiing Iconic ski peak Big terrain Steep lines Spring corn skiing Hidden Valley camp Alpine start Ski descent Awe-inspiring views Shastina summit Wide-open terrain Ski experience Trailhead descent Ski mountaineering techniques Alpenglow Expeditions, Olympic Valley California, Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Backcountry skiing tahoe, rock climbing tahoe, AIARE tahoe, Lake Tahoe adventures, Lake Tahoe Activities, Palisades Tahoe, Tahoe Via Ferrata

Shasta 3-Day West Face Ski

Intermediate Next Available
Apr 19, 2024 – Apr 21, 2024
3 Days Mt. Shasta, CA
Hotlum Glacier Mountaineering training Glacier travel Crevasse rescue Mountaineering school Summit climb California mountaineering Mountaineering skills High-altitude peaks Aspiring mountaineers Skills training Glacial travel Snow travel skills Northeast side Shasta Climbing experience Expedition climbing Complex routes Ice sheets Premier mountaineering peak Mountaineering foundation Alpenglow Expeditions Olympic Valley California, Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Backcountry skiing tahoe, rock climbing tahoe, AIARE tahoe, Lake Tahoe adventures, Lake Tahoe Activities, Palisades Tahoe, Tahoe Via Ferrata

5-Day Mountaineering School

Introductory Next Available
Spring 2024
5 Days Mt. Shasta, CA

Palisades Tahoe Backcountry Tours

Advanced Next Available
November 26, 2023
Full Day / 8 Hours Palisades, CA

High Sierra Backcountry Tours

Advanced Next Available
Winter & Spring ’23 – ’24
Single or Multiple Full Days Eastern Sierra Nevada