3-4 Week Revelstoke Off-Piste & Backcountry Course

Course Type Backcountry Course
Dates 17th March-15th April | 23rd March-15th April
Price From £3750
Venue Canada- Revelstoke
Qualifications AST Level 1 | Companion Rescue | AST Level 2
Add Flights? Add flights for £650

About the Trip

It wouldn’t be right to come to Revelstoke and not sample the amazing backcountry terrain that Revelstoke, Rogers Pass and the Selkirk mountains have to offer. We’ve worked closely with one of the best mountain guide outfits and the Revelstoke resort to create an affordable backcountry training programme that will introduce you to the techniques and equipment used to go touring safely. The course has some side-country training and backcountry guided days.

It is also possible to add on a 3-day helihut experience, staying overnight in a backcountry lodge and eating out under the stars in complete stillness and zero light pollution. An experience and memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Priceless.

Features

6 x days optional warm up on/off piste.

9 days back country training

Snow safety training

Equipment familiarisation & preparation.

Tours by ACMG accredited guides.

Terrain assessment.

3 days heli assisted back country.

4 Dinners/Breakfasts a week.

Accommodation in catered lodges.

Resort Rep 24/7.

Benefits

Steady progression into Backcountry for untrained individuals or a more in depth  programme for experienced tourers.

The best affordable way to experience safe back country touring in the Selkirk mountains.

Expert guides teaching throughout.

Low environmental impact, ethical exploration.

Energy rich healthy food cooked in house by our chef.

 

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Revelstoke

Revelstoke has that enormous snow energy. With an average of 10.5m (over 34 feet) annually, chances are you’re finding some fresh tracks when you visit. 

Revelstoke is home to the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 feet); It is world renowned for its incredible terrain. Revelstoke’s got everything from wide-open alpine bowls to perfectly spaced glades. But, of course, the real challenge is ensuring your legs can keep up!

SMALL-TOWN CHARM! It doesn’t take long to be seduced by Revelstoke’s charm. Over 120 years of skiing history have become part of the town’s fabric, creating a community that celebrates winter in all forms but watch out, you may become Revelstuck!

“Sheep go to Whistler but G.O.A.T.s  go to Revelstoke.”

Valley Retreat

The house we’ve acquired is probably just as important as the mountain. With multiple lounging areas at opposite ends of the house it has many facets, allowing you to enjoy some beers with your friends and listen to some tunes or find a quiet corner and enjoy some down time with a movie or good book. The house can accommodate you all. Its spacious, it has plenty of entertainment areas and a separate heated garage with all you need, fridge, couch, service benches, boot heaters and everything any discerning pro needs to make this an unforgettable experience.

The all-cozy Valley Retreat is 1.5km from the Resort in Revelstoke, BC and has some fantastic features. Such as a Hot Tub out front; Private en-suites with heated tile floors; Flat screen HD TVs with full cable package, Bike, board & ski tuning stations + gear drying room; a large common area with a fireplace; and complimentary WiFi.

Valley Retreat 

Breakfast and Dinner

Good food, in our opinion, is one luxury we cannot do without on a normal holiday. But on a training course like this? It’s vitally important!

4 breakfasts and dinners per week are included with your course, meaning you’ve got time to relax and concentrate on what’s important.

Our in-house chef is used to producing energy-rich meals ladened with all the goodness you need to wake up and storm the mountain day after day or return to fuel those sore muscles. Otherwise, outside of the meal plan, you will be able to cook yourself or go and sample one of the many eclectic eateries in town. It’s got everything from French, Nepalese, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, and of course, the good old Canadian mountain food. We cater for dietary requirements where possible, but all our meals are built with your health in mind.

About the location
Accommodation
Meal Plan

Training Package

The Warm up Week

For those turning up fresh and needing to get some muscle memory before heading out into the wild yonder, we have just the thing. 4 days of training in resort starting with an easy pace to get everyone settled and enjoy the runs that this magnificent resort has to offer. Slowly but surely your instructors will increase the tasks and see what you need to work on in preperation for the backcountry and catching those dream-like tracks through the gladed runs.

Snow Safety Training & Equipment Familiarisation

Going through the basics and also learning a new thing or two from some of the best in the business. Absorbing everything they have to offer in these first few days is vital to your safety and enjoyment. Learning how your equipment works and optimising it for effective touring. Going through the dangers and pitfalls and how to avoid them or in the unlikely event, deal with them.

Guided Tours

We realise you want to get out there so our guides goal is to accomplish that as soon as possible and take you on some of the most beautiful treks and untouched powder fields. The choice of terrain and summits are accessed without technical ropes or crampon work, thus allowing for maximum skiing time and minimal gear. Zero acclimatisation is required as Revelstoke is only 460m above sea level. Yet its blessed with tons of snow! Whether its bluebird days or dumping snow, there is always somewhere to go even in poor visability. Pristine powder fields, old growth tree runs and some of the best awe-inspiring scenery you’ll ever experience. All powered by you. No fuel, no carbon emissions, no noise pollution, leaving only tracks and taking away only your precious memories.

Terrain Assessment

Finding a route through safe terrain is a huge part of ensuring you and your party have a successful day ahead. The guides will spend time teaching you as much as they can to arm you with the knowledge and confidence to understand what is safe and what isn’t. Understand how to assess the terrain ahead and plan your journey dependent on the current conditions, future weather predictions, the snowpack and of course your teams fitness/skillset.

Heli Assisted Touring

A mornings training to go through the systems and methods used by the heli teams to make sure you are part of a well oiled team and understand your part in the heli-days ahead. Further heli assisted backcountry touring is available for those wanting to explore further afield into some legendary terrain. A perfect blend of adventure and immaculate skiing conditions.

Cat or Heli Skiing

With over 30ft of average snowfall annually its a shame if you don’t experience what the Selkirks have to offer by mechanised means. Whilst our guides encourage people to enter the Selkirks under your own steam, they also understand, those experiencing Revelstoke as a first time pilgrimage,  want to finish their time out here with a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list excursion.  Where better to do this than in the world famous Selkirk Mountains

 

Snow Ready Fitness Plan

One of the most vital elements for your success is fitness. Created for the Winter Sports by a Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, and Nutrition Coach, this 8-week pre-season programme targets the muscle groups used in skiing & snowboarding. It will make sure you are shredded & snow-fit in time for the start of your course.

Course Schedule

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Warm Up Week
  • Orientation, Familiarisation.
  • On Piste technical training
  • Off Piste Tactical training
  • Avalanche Skills training Level 1
  • Companion Rescue
Week 1
  • Introduction to BC. Snow safety training
  • Equipment Familiarisation
  • Terrain assessment
Week 2
  • 4 extra days of Backcountry guided tours
  • Heli warm up, Touring techniques
Week 3
  • Optional Bolt Ons: 1-3 days of Backcountry lodge with heli-assisted skiing | Heli or Cat skiing
  • Final week of FUN!

"Experience of a lifetime!"

James May - 3 Mar 2022

"Can’t go wrong with the winter sports team, extremely helpful, and brilliant at making your time in resort as enjoyable as possible. Just amazing From the minute you get to the airport to the minute you leave for home. I went from being nervous about meeting new people and going on new experiences , to making friends of a lifetime. Cliche but completely honest."

Bolt on courses

We will be doing a few of these bolt-ons at weekends or days of training, so they will not clash but will require some stamina and fitness on your part.

Revelstoke excels in backcountry terrain and lots of vertical. These two elements give plenty of options to get out there and enjoy what this once-in-a-lifetime venue offers. From Paragliding to dog sledding, from off-piste and powder days to first tracks at sunrise. There is something to keep everyone entertained. If the mountain doesn’t blow you away, these Bolt-ons certainly will.

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 & 2

Learn and equip yourselves with the knowledge and confidence to understand the conditions ahead and to make that often critical decision. Decide to add on the AST 2 if you have time.

Wilderness/First responder First Aid courses

For the 1-2 day Emergency First Aid Course, attendees are taught a mixture of both practical and theory. You’ll learn how to examine a casualty, familiarize yourself with essential life support and learn how to control bleeding and trauma.

Ski & Board Tech Tips

This course covers routine tuning, maintenance, fitting and basic repair work. Gives you the knowledge on how to look after your ski & snowboard equipment throughout the season.

Off-Piste & Powder Training

It offers a blend of coaching geared towards boosting your technique in deep snow, giving you the ability to charge through powder with confidence.

Tree Wells & All Mountain Safety

An absolute must-do! A one-day course for all skiers and snowboarders who venture off the groomed runs. Dangers are lurking closer than you think.

Heli Trips

Whether its heli-assisted backcountry days or heli-skiing, you will be spoilt with some legendary pristine conditions. It heli-ski capital of the world and for a very good reason.

Cat Skiing

Take the lazy way up and treat yourself to some Cat skiing. Revelstoke and the surrounding area is Cat capital of the world and rightly so. If you cannot afford Heli-skiing, then this is a great mechanised alternative.

Paragliding

No better way than to see the town, resort, Columbia river and neighbouring Selkirk mountains by tandem flight. Take control or take a camera as you will be exposed to some awe inspiring scenery from a birds eye view.

What's included

WSC 3-4 Week Training Package

Depending on your duration (3 or 4 weeks). Your programme will include a prewarm-up module of 3 days of in-resort/on-slope training, an AST Level 1 and a Companion Rescue course. Alternatively, the final 3 weeks comprise 1 day with the Snowschool and a further 8 days with certified IFMGA or ACMG guides. There is another 3-4 days allowance for you to book an additional heli-assisted backcountry lodge experience at discounted prices.

Discounts

To resort shops and snowsport equipment providers in Canada and the UK.

Season Lift Pass

A Season long lift pass means if you want to come out early, or extend your stay then your lift pass will be valid. You also get extra discounts around the resort and reciprocal deals at other resorts.

Resort Rep

Sometimes overlooked but one of the most important parts of your stay. Reps are knowledgeable and experienced skiers and boarders, often having completed their instructor tickets previously or might even be one of the directors. They support you all the way, making sure everything runs smoothly during your time in Canada.

Certifications

If you choose the warm-up week, you will participate in the AST Level 1 & Companion Rescue and will gain certifications from these two elements. If you wish to complete your Level 1 and then decide on adding your Level 2 AST or venturing into the professional Canadian Avalanche Association qualifications. It may be possible to do your Avalanche Operations Level 1 if booked early enough and have the prerequisites required.

Accommodation for your Entire Stay

Whether you are staying in the fantastic Valley Retreat lodge or have exclusivity to the backcountry lodge within the Selkirk Mountain range, you will certainly be blown away by the stunning locations, prime positioning and versatility of each venue to accommodate you and your new touring friends.

Transfers

Transfers are included with your package when taking a flight with us. If you choose to arrive separately a free transfer is still available, as long as you are at the airport at the same time as the main arrival group. For transfers outside of this there may be a supplement charge.

Meal Package

4 Breakfasts and dinners are provided every week of your stay. Using our in-house chef or the offerings at your backcountry lodge, you will receive energy-rich, tasty food with your health and wellbeing in mind. We are obsessed with ensuring you are properly fueled for undertaking this fantastic endeavour.

Socials

If you want to relax and read a book or watch a movie, then the opportunity is there, otherwise, Revelstoke town has plenty of venues to keep you entertained throughout the season, with live bands, pool comp night, winter festivals and resort entertainment there is plenty for those wanting some nightlife to balance out those big activity days.

Welcome Gift Bag

A goody bag with clothing and gear to make you feel part of the team, and provide you with some extras to help with your stay.

Bolt On's and Extra Qualifications

From extra accreditation to pure fun, the bolt-on covers it all. Sign up for the Heli Day, Ice Hockey Night, Dog Sledding or Paragliding. There’s something for everyone’s budget and everyone’s interests.

Not Included.

FLIGHTS (add flights for an extra £650)
MEALS outside of the Meal Plan (4 breakfasts and dinners)

Insurance (approx £200-400)

Optional bolt-on courses

Equipment & rental if req. (Skins, touring gear)

Dates & Prices

Course Dates Triple Room Double Room Single Flights

3 Week: Back Country Programme

 

23rd March-15th April

£3750

£4100

 

£5450

+£650

4 week Back Country Programme

 

17th March-15th April

£4650

 

£4900

 

£6800

 

+£650

3 week L3 Progression Camp: 3 weeks of L3 training.

23rd March-15th April

 £3750

£4000

£4950

+£650

Hold My Place

If you only have a few weeks to spare and want to do something out of the ordinary and have a different experience to instructor training, then consider getting away from it all with this backcountry course. Designed to allow intermediate to expert skiers to access terrain and epic surroundings that you would never have the chance to explore otherwise. Take a career break and leave the humdrum, repetitive life behind. Once in a lifetime experience not to be passed up. Remember, sheep go to Whistler but G.O.A.T.’s got to Revelstoke.

Hold My Place