Backcountry Ski Courses


Struggling to learn the basics? Not having fun? Not feeling confident in your skills?

Let our ACMG certified guides show you how!

These courses are designed to share our years of experience and knowledge to help you build up your skills and gain confidence when you travel in the mountains. Take the time to learn from the pros, and you will be moving through the terrain safely, with confidence and having fun on your skis.


Backcountry Ski Courses we offer…

Womens Backcountry Skills Day

Hyland Backcountry & Claire Challen have teamed up in the past to to provide a 1 day backcountry ski skills clinic. Claire is part of the Rossignol Women International Ambassador Team, an ACA-CSC Performance Level III Coach & CSIA Level III Instructor.

Students will be broken into 2 groups for a morning & afternoon session with each instructor learning:

  • 1:4 Instructor Ratio
  • On/Off piste Downhill ski technique, tips & coaching
  • Backcountry tracksetting, navigation, equipment, routefinding, & avalanche coaching.

* Students should be strong Intermediate skiers to benefit from Downhill coaching sessions.

Date: Please contact me if you have a group interested

Group Size: Custom

Pricing: TBD


Intro to Backcountry Skills Training

If you are new to the backcountry, or still struggling with your gear and techniques, then this is the course for you. We will pass on our years of knowledge and experience to assist your skill development.

This 2 day course will teach new students

  • Equipment Selection & Application
  • Trip Planning
  • Navigation
  • Tracksetting & Trailbreaking
  • Routefinding & Terrain
  • Avalanche Basics
  • Backcountry Preparedness

Dates: Please contact me if you are interested

Group Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6 Students ( Private courses are available also)

Price: $350.00 + GST


Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue

Glacier skiing is a unique experience. Either as part of a day trip or a long ski traverse. There are many hazards in the glacier environment that skiers must be aware of – the consequences can be deadly. This course uses a mix of indoor classroom for ropework, as well as field travel for application of techniques. There is the option of a heli assist trip for the field day on a local glacier for additional cost. CONTACT US to book a custom group course »

This 2 day course teaches students:

  • Basic Glaciology
  • Equipment Selection & Application
  • Self Rescue
  • Hauling Systems
  • Roped Travel
  • and much more

Dates: March 5-6, 2024

Group Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 8

Price: $350.00 + GST


Intro to Navigation

This one day introductory course will allow you to start gaining confidence in your backcountry navigation.

This 1 day course will teach students

  • Learn to read a topographical map
  • Learn to use a compass & altimeter
  • Make a route plan
  • GPS with phones
  • Digital Imagery

Dates: TBD

Group Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 8 Students

Price: $175.00 + GST

Mountain Weather & Forecasting for the Bulkley Valley

This evening webinar will focus on some basic to intermediate weather instruction with a focus on local conditions and online weather products for forecasting

This evening course is taught by Uwe Gramman. Uwe is based in Smithers, and is a meteorologist with RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists. Uwe has a wealth of knowledge and is an incredible instructor. He has taught courses for the Cananadian Avalanche Association and has developed forecasting products used throughout the ski and avalanche industry.You wont be disappointed!

Course Content

  • Basic weather skills, with a focus on local influences
  • Reading a weather map
  • Understanding a Meteogram (Spot WX)
  • Online products
  • Relating weather to the Avalanche Hazard

Date: TBD

Time: 1800 – 2100 Zoom Webinar


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Over the years, we have offered professional instruction in some of the following areas to assist upcoming backcountry skiers
  • Ski Mountaineering
  • Mountain Weather
  • Snow Profiles & Tests
  • Map, GPS, & Navigation
  • Winter Shelters & Emergency Medical Evacuations
  • Mentorship for Professional level training

CONTACT US to book a custom course »  


December 15-22: Guided Trip, Dezaiko Lodge (FULL)

December 27(Eve) -28: AST 1 Ski, Smithers, BC (FULL)

January 25-28: AST 2 Ski, Smithers, BC (FULL)

February 1: AST 1 Ski Smithers,BC

February 2-9: Guided Trip, Burnie Glacier Chalet (FULL)

February 15-18: AST 2 Ski, Smithers, BC (FULL)

March 5-6: Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course