Ready to take your backcountry skiing to the next level? This comprehensive backcountry ski mountaineering course combines backcountry skiing with mountaineering to get you higher into the more alpine ski terrain. Learn to ski couloirs, steeps and wide open glaciers. We also cover technical mountaineering techniques as they apply to skiing big peaks.

This course is based in the Eastern Sierra in which we pick a different objective each day depending on the goals and instruction for the day . The Eastern Sierra from Mammoth up to Bridgeport has numerous options to get high up into true alpine ski mountaineering terrain. We spend some time after each day in the mountains debriefing and learning. There are numerous lodging options in the Mammoth Lakes area (not included).

Ski mountaineering instruction covered:

  • Skiing Steeps & Couloirs

  • Snow Anchors, Ropework & Rappeling

  • Ice Axe and Boot Crampon use

  • Crevasse Rescue on Skis

  • Navigation & Route Planning

  • Snowpack Stability Evaluation

This ski mountaineering course is designed to give you the skills to ski the big glaciated terrain in the Alps of Europe, Canada or Alaska. Also great for those looking to improve their backcountry skiing skills for skiing steeper lines in the Sierra Nevada.

Taught by UIAGM/IFMGA internationally certified ski mountaineering guide and CAG owner Dave Miller. Dave has a history of being a full time ski racer and has over 35 years of skiing experience including ski mountaineering and guiding experience throughout the Western US, Alaska and the European Alps.

Learn world standard ski mountaineering techniques on this comprehensive ski course... and get in some great turns as well!




Advanced level skiers with previous backcountry skiing experience. Very good physical condition and the ability to skin for 6 hours and cover 4000 ft of vertical in a day. No previous climbing experience required.

2020 DATES

February 21-23



COST: $725


  • Avalanche safety equipment including shovel and avalanche transceiver.

  • Professional guiding and instruction from IFMGA and/or AMGA certified ski guides.

  • All mountaineering gear such as ice axe, boot crampons and harness.


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