Winter 2020/2021

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

Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering – 1 Day Course


The Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering course, like its name, is a combination of backcountry skiing/riding and mountaineering. In addition to searching out good turns, we’ll focus on mountain travel and reaching summits with skis. Some techniques and topics covered may include:

  • crampon and ice axe use for reaching and traveling in ski terrain
  • transitioning from foot travel to skiing in steep terrain (chopping ledges and making stable platforms in snow)
  • some rope work such as rappelling into steep ski terrain
  • snow and ski/board anchors
  • recognizing avalanche terrain and how to safely travel thought it
  • staying comfortable during harsh winter conditions in the mountains

Depending on conditions, this course will most likely take place on Mount Washington or other Presidential Range peaks. Specific locations may include:

  • Tuckerman Ravine
  • Gulf of Slides
  • Huntington Ravine
  • Ammonoosuc Ravine

Other possibilities include the steep gullies or open terrain in Crawford Notch.


This course has a 4:1 ratio of participants per guide.

Gear Notes

Technical gear such as crampons, ice axe, harness, and ropes will be used for this course. Synnott Mountain Guides will provide ropes and other protection/anchor equipment, but participants must bring their own crampons, ice axe, and harness (w/ a belay device and a couple locking carabiners).

Ability Level

Participants looking to take this course should have previous backcountry skiing/snowboarding experience and feel comfortable making controlled turns on steep and/or gladed terrain in variable conditions. You should feel comfortable being outside in the mountains for 6-8 hours with enough physical ability to travel uphill with a pack for 4+ miles (with enough energy leftover for downhill travel and possibly checking out multiple locations).

Avalanche Safety Equipment

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


  • If you would like to register multiple people, please complete this registration for each person.
  • Confirmation emails will be sent out upon receiving your registration.
  • Includes access to private Facebook group to connect with other participants.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like personal advice on which course is best for you.