Backcountry Ski Touring School (BSTS) 2020-2021 CANCELLED

Learn to Cross-Country Ski in the Backcountry!

Sadly, the Backcountry Ski Touring School is cancelled for the 2020-2021 season in consideration for the health and safety of both instructors and participants due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have been a participant in the ski school before, check the CMC winter schedule for easy ski trips or “mini-clinics” led by BSTS instructors. Otherwise, come back and check us out next year!

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




For questions regarding registration, or any other questions about BSTS which are not answered here or on the school page, please contact the BSTS School Director at [email protected]

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