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1 day (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860


1:4 group classes run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 people


$175 per person


lodging is not included in course fee. students will be responsible for their own accommodations. click here for area lodging.

Gear List

all technical climbing equipment will be provided. click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Intermediate Backcountry Ski



This single day workshop is the answer to the question “whats next?”. If it has been a while since you took our¬†AIARE 1¬†avalanche course, or are looking to brush up on your backcountry skiing skills; this is a perfect course for you. We will start out with a quick indoor refresher session and review some of the highlights of the AIARE 1 curriculum. Then, into the field following the route your group created for the day. The goal of today will be to get YOU out in front, making team decisions in the back country. And of course, to get some great turns in on some of the best backcountry ski terrain in the east! NOTE: It is recommended that you’ve taken AIARE 1, and have several days experience backcountry skiing before taking this course. The topics covered in this course build off avalanche safety topics learned in AIARE 1 and should not be taken in lieu of a sanctioned avalanche training course.


Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with gear for the day. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

Included/ Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical ski equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes boots, skis, poles, skins, beacon, probe, shovel. Skiers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses can not be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.