Rocky Mountain Educational Adventures
Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Adventures

Winter in the Rockies is spectacular. Wouldn't you love to experience it?

Backcountry skiing/snowboarding is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and challenges of winter in the Canadian Rockies. This program is for you if you're already a very strong intermediate to expert skier and would like to get off the groomed trails and safely head to the backcountry.  

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You'll learn the basics of ski/snowboard touring, then progress through important aspects of decision making, hazard recognition, terrain analysis and powder skiing techniques. We'll spend time in the classroom learning avalanche theory, refining map reading, menu planning, mountain weather and transceiver practice. You don't need any previous backcountry skills, but you'll need to be physically fit and prepared for an action-packed schedule.   

We're going to cover:

  • Ski or Snowboard Instructors Certification (CSIA/CASI), Map, Compass and Navigation
  • Ski/Snowboard Tour Day Trips, Winter Shelter Exercise, Companion Rescue Certification (CAA Curriculum)
  • Avalanche Skills Certification  2 (CAA Curriculum)
  • 5 days of local Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Touring
  • Expedition Preparation, Navigation, Mountain Weather
  • 6-day glacier mountaineering course
  • Optional: Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WMA) ($850) (available after 7 week program)


  • You must be 19 years or older as of the start of the course.
  • You must be physically able to accomplish the tasks required.
    • The Rocky Mountain Educational courses are very physically demanding. You will be required to carry personal overnight supplies & equipment along with technical sport specific gear on extended trips over rugged mountain terrain. You will also have to be prepared to carry your share of communal equipment and do your share of communal tasks.
  • You must have valid and current medical insurance prior to being admitted into the program.
  • You must sign a general program release and waiver identifying assumption of risk and inherent danger of mountain activities before attending any outdoor activity.
  • You must be a strong intermediate skier/boarder capable of riding black diamond runs in all conditions.
  • You must have completed Avalanche Skills Training 1 and have a good understanding of map & compass skills.

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Tuition: $4985*

*Note: Includes: Transportation, group equipment, accommodations while on field trip. Does not include personal equipment, expenses, food, or accommodation while in Fernie.

*Day passes or season pass for Fernie Alpine Resort are not included in the cost of the course. Approximately 10 days at the Resort will be required.