Backcountry Ski Touring School (BSTS)

Learn to Cross-Country Ski in the Backcountry!

BSTS Student Handout and Materials

Experience Colorado’s finest snow, away from the crowds and lift tickets! Learn to cross-country ski and get prepared for backcountry trails using classic Nordic-style technique. (No AT or Tele gear allowed in this school.) We accommodate students from never-evers to folks who have skied for years.  Classes are often less than ten students, with at least two instructors.

In December, we hold an interactive lecture on clothing, selection of skis and avalanche awareness. In January, you get three full days on the snow with lessons geared to your level of skill and endurance.  The first on-snow day is at a Nordic center and focuses on becoming comfortable on skis and basic flat-track skills. The second snow day will emphasize basic downhill and uphill techniques. The third day is a trip into the backcountry, with the location tailored to the skill level of your group.

  • Proper skis/gear/clothing for the terrain and conditions you want to ski
  • Better balance techniques
  • Diagonal stride, including poling
  • Downhill maneuvers (includes stopping, which is always good to know…)
  • Turning maneuvers
  • Climbing maneuvers – herringbone, side-step, side-step traverse, etc.
  • Avalanche awareness




The dates for this year’s school are:

Interactive classroom session on Tuesday 6:30pm December 4, 2018 (a make-up lecture is available).

On-Snow Days for 2019 (choose a set):

  • Saturdays: January 5, 12, 19
  • Sundays:  January 6, 13, 20
  • Tuesdays:  January 8, 15, 22

Tuition is $105 for CMC members, $125 for non-members, $95 for trip leaders. Tuition includes the lecture, three days of lessons, a trail pass for the first on-snow day and a lift ticket for the second.

For more information and online registration for the Backcountry Ski Touring School, please visit the BSTS Course Online Registration Form at Calendar, Classes, and then select List View on the right-hand side of the page. 

An Advanced Class is also being offered this year.  You will first discuss by phone your abilities and instructor who will determine whether you qualify for the Advanced Class.  Click here to begin the registration process for the Advanced Class. 

For questions regarding registration, or any other questions about BSTS which are not answered here or on the school page, please contact BSTS School Director Joe Wojniak at [email protected] or call 720-378-3579.  Email is preferred.

BSTS Instructor Materials (Password Protected)