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Backcountry Ski Touring School (BSTS)



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.

Course Includes:

  • 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

This school consists of one lecture day on clothing, selection of skis and avalanche awareness. Three full days on the snow with lessons geared to your level of skill and endurance follow. The first on-snow day is at a Nordic center and focuses on becoming comfortable on skis and basic flat-track skills. The second will emphasize basic downhill and uphill techniques. The third is a trip into the backcountry, with the location tailored to the skill level of your group.

Current and Upcoming school students can download all course handouts here.


2017- 2018 Schedule

Lecture - Tuesday, December 5

On-Snow Days (choose a set):
Saturdays - January 6, 13, 20
Sundays - January 7, 14, 21
Tuesdays - January 9, 16, 23



Fee is $95 for CMC Members

For more information and online registration for the Backcountry Ski Touring School, please visit the BSTS Course Online Registration Form at  If you have questions which are not answered here or on the registration form, please contact BSTS School Director Joan Rossiter at or call 303-241-7968.