Intro to BIPOC Backcountry Skiing/Riding (February 12-13)


Gallatin County, Montana

Group Size

6 people per guide


8 hours


Easy, Intermediate

The Montana Mountaineering Association will be offering a continuum of backcountry ski/snowboard clinics this winter for the BIPOC community. These clinics are for skiers of all experience levels who want to connect with the community and develop their technical skills.

Each continuum will be presented as a series of two clinics that build on each other over the course of the season. While participation in both is not required, early registration will open to participants who wish to be part of the continuum. Participant numbers are small in order to ensure more personalized education and opportunities for feedback. Backcountry ski clinics are capped at 6 participants.

All BIPOC clinics are taught by BIPOC guides with AMGA training and years of experience climbing and skiing in SW Montana.

Continuum Description

  • Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Riding: this two-day clinic introduces skills for getting started backcountry skiing or splitboarding. Some ski or snowboard experience is recommended, but prior backcountry skiing/riding experience is not required. Topics include: basic ski or snowboard technique and coaching, equipment selection and use, sharing a land ethic, self-care in the winter environment.

  • Backcountry Skiing/Riding Progression: this one-day clinic builds on the skills taught in the Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Riding clinic and gives techniques for pursuing further winter travel. Participants can expect to refine ski or snowboard movement skills, practice group communication and decision-making, and learn techniques for navigation and trip planning. This clinic is an excellent partner to an Avalanche Level 1 and Rescue Fundamentals course.

Clinic Dates

Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Riding: February 12-13, 2022

Backcountry Skiing/Riding Progression: March 12, 2022