Lesson 1: Introduction
Welcome to the Backcountry Skiing course! Let's start with an introduction to the sport and the legend himself, Chris Davenport!
Lesson 2: Why Ski in the Backcountry?
Why? It's a big and important question to ask as we begin this course. In lesson number one, Chris dissects why Backcountry Skiing has become his ultimate calling in life. And spoiler alert: It's about more than just skiing fresh powder.
Lesson 3: Things to Keep in Mind Before Traveling in the Backcountry
We call this lesson, "Things to Keep in Mind Before Traveling in the Backcountry." But you can call it, "Check yourself before you wreck yourself." Because here we talk about realistically evaluating yourself and your equipment before stepping out the door to ski. 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.
Lesson 4: Avalanche Awareness
This is arguably the most technical lesson of the course. And by no means is it a substitute for real-world, in-person avalanche awareness training. But across these 6 chapters, we'll become familiar with a range of key topics—from understanding why most avalanches occur, to what goes into digging a proper snow pit.
Without the right partner(s) in the backcountry, nothing else matters. Lesson 5 focuses on the importance of this selection process and the consequences of selecting poorly.
Lesson 6: Gear
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.
Lesson 7: 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.
Lesson 8: Route Finding Tips
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.
Lesson 9: Fitness
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.
Lesson 10: 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.
Lesson 11: Backcountry Etiquette And 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.
Lesson 13: Course Conclusion
Congratulations! You've reached the end of the course! Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments. Then get out there and put your knowledge to work because the backcountry is waiting.