Winter 2020/2021

Courses in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities.

Intermediate Backcountry


This course is for skiers and splitboarders looking to take the next step into backcountry skiing in the White Mountains. For experience level, this course is appropriate if you’ve already backcountry skied on trails and possibly in some higher terrain on Mount Washington.  Your day will start with an orientation, gear check, and we’ll review backcountry skiing/riding basics if needed. Last but not least, we will review the latest Mount Washington Avalanche Center avalanche advisory and Mount Washington Observatory forecast before heading out. Along the way, we’ll discuss a number of subjects such as:

  • safe route finding
  • identifying avalanche terrain and other objective hazards
  • snow stability
  • skinning and downhill technique
  • staying comfortable in the mountains during winter

The location of this course will depend on weather/snow/avalanche conditions, the group ability level, and guide judgement. Possibilities include:

  • Sherburne Trail and exploring some areas of Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington
  • Gulf of Slides Trail and exploring some areas of the Gulf of Slides on Mt. Washington
  • backcountry ski trails and glades in the White Mountains such as the Doublehead Ski Trail, Maple Villa Glade, Crescent Ridge Glade, and Baldface

Ability Level & Group Size

Participants looking to take this course should have extensive resort experience (feeling comfortable skiing variable conditions on “black diamonds” in the Northeast) as well as previous backcountry experience. You should be able to make controlled turns on narrow backcountry trails and glades. You should feel comfortable being outside in the mountains for 6-8 hours with enough physical ability to travel uphill with a pack for 3+ miles (with enough energy leftover for downhill travel).

This course has a ratio of 5:1 (5 participants per guide).

Avalanche Safety Equipment

This course may travel in or approach avalanche terrain and avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel) is required for participation.