Want to be more adventurous, avoid lift lines, and take your skiing to the next level?


Backcountry Skiing
with World Champion
Professional Ski Guide,
& Author
Chris Davenport

Stay safe and stoked out of bounds with one of the world's best as your personal guide
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13 Modules
35+ Chapters
Exercises & Pro Tips
5 Case Studies
with live Demos
Live Q&A's with Chris
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Engaging & Entertaining Lesson Plan

Introduction and Why Ski in the Backcountry?

Let's start with an introduction to the sport, your legendary instructor Chris Davenport, and how to determine your purpose so you can keep the stoke high for years to

Things to Keep In Mind Before Traveling in the Backcountry

By taking a good hard look at your ability level, your attitude, your ski partners, your gear, and more, you're becoming a smarter and safer backcountry skier right out of the gate.

Avalanche Awareness

Across 6 chapters, we'll become familiar with a range of key topics—from understanding why most avalanches occur, to what goes into assessing snow stability by digging a proper snow pit.

Partner Selection

Without the right partner(s) in the backcountry, nothing else matters. This lesson focuses on the importance of this selection process and the consequences of selecting poorly.

Gear + Gear Case Studies

You're only as good as your gear in the backcountry and, fortunately, Chris dove DEEP into his gear preferences for this lesson. Whether you already own a perfect setup or need to dial in the details, the following three chapters are absolutely for you.

Uphill Travel

Like everything in the backcountry, walking uphill isn't as simple as it sounds. Here, we break down the best skinning technique, as well as accompanying situations like breaking trail and executing the perfect kick turn. There's plenty to consider in the safety category of fly fishing—from emergency prevention to proper fish handling.

Route Finding

Before every safe and smart backcountry adventure comes a lot of homework. And a big part of that homework is nailing your route. In this lesson, Chris explains his process—from the early stages researching at home, to executing on the mountain with proper GPS tools.


While backcountry skiing absolutely makes you a fitter skier, it can't stand alone as your sole fitness source. Truly enjoying the backcountry requires workouts on and off the hill. And when you're in the right shape, that's when the sport gets extra fun.

Picking Your Ski Line

So much goes into the perfect backcountry day, and it's a shame to waste all that preparation by rushing into a line. This lesson delves into this decision-making process and why communication with your partner becomes extra important.

Backcountry Etiquette & Safety

The community of backcountry skiers is a passionate one, not to be messed with. Be sure to understand etiquette to ensure everyone's having a good time and feeling welcome.

Other Types of Backcountry Skiing Adventures

Backcountry skiing opens up a world of ski adventures, from hut trips to heli-skiing, you're entering a whole new exciting realm.
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Safe, Confident, & Having Fun

Safe, Confident,
& Having Fun

in the backcountry
learn from the best,

Pro ski guide & author
Chris Davenport

Pro ski guide & author
Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport is one of the most experienced
pro skiers in the industry.
A former World Champion, US Ski Hall of Famer,
professional ski guide, and author -
there's really no one better to get you dialed in for epic backcountry ski days!
Learn pro tips from one of the world's most experienced ski guides -anytime/anywhere via your mobile phone
Build your confidence in selecting gear, route finding, uphill travel, avalanche awareness, and more!
Ask Chris questions during our Live Q&As and via our convenient learning platform
Watch Chris explain every piece of gear he takes into the backcountry
Uncover the best way to find good ski partners
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why our students love this course

why our students
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"It’s clear from the get-go that Chris is a master of his sport. He’s extremely professional, thorough and thoughtful in his delivery of the content. I’m excited to implement his wisdom in the backcountry this weekend!"

"The quality of Crux Academy is mindblowing! I figured these would be good online courses and there would be big-name instructors; but I'm impressed by how well this is laid out and done! The videos are fantastic and the course is so comprehensive - it goes MUCH deeper than a simple YouTube video."

"Chris's experience and diversity of exposure to various geographies and types of terrain make this course a must"

"Being brand new to backcountry skiing, Chris’s course helped a lot! From knowing what gear you need to knowing the importance of having a good partner, this course covers it all. I highly recommend for any level of backcountry adventurer!"

The best online backcountry skiing course. Period.

Most courses with this quality and depth
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