Backcountry Courses

Introduction to Backcoutry Splitboard touring and Avalanche Awareness.

Two-day course

Learn the fundamental skills of safe backcountry travel, including how to use an avalanche beacon, rescue techniques, snow stability tests, avalanche forecast analysis and tour planning, how to use a Split-board and climbing skins, uphill travel techniques (track setting, kick- and step-turns, pacing), downhill travel techniques (route selection, turning in varying snow conditions). And of course lots of hands-on experience.

Splitbord intro course or Introduction to Touring

This is a basic course that aims to become familiar with the basics of splitbord and equipment needed for touring and to remember the basics of avalanche safety. We will look in detail how to read the terrain and to choose a safe route of ascent and descent line and how best to plan the day in the mountains.

Practice will help us hone riding off-piste, the techniques of turning uphill with splitbord and avalanche safety  equipment.

PROGRAMME

Day 1
Arrival and accommodation in Bansko
Lecture  – Introduction to backcountry splitbord: Equipment and Safety.
Checking and set up of  equipment.
Day 2
Practical activities:
Determining the level of the group and Techniques for riding off-piste in the ski area.
Working with avalanche gear – looking for one or more caught in avalanche
We go to climb nearest summit – How to select a line of ascent and descent.  Techniques of turning uphill.
Feedback from the last day.
Lecture – Choose the line  of descent. Safety climbing and skiing.
Planning for the next day.
Day 3
Practical activities in the area: Climbing to Summit  and descent.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned under the supervision of the driver.
Techniques for riding in deep snow and rough terrain.

Price: 200 € per person. Minimum 2 people to start the course. Max 6 people per group.
Price includes avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe).
The price does not include the splitboard itself.
Rent of splitboard: 40 €/ per day

Advanced Backcountry Splitboard Touring.

Two day course

The course focuses on equipment and procedures for travel in avalanche terrain, techniques for maximizing your efficiency on skins as well as trail setting. Special attention will be given to kick turning skills and tricks. Techniques for skiing and boarding in untracked snow will be demonstrated. Each participant will be given individual tips on how to improve their downhill skills.

Price: 200 € per person. Minimum 2 people to start the course. Max 6 people per group.
Price includes avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe).
The price does not include the splitboard itself.
Rent of splitboard: 40 € per day

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