Baker Mountain Guides Backcountry Pro 1 Course is designed for strong, recreational skiers and snowboarders who dream of big mountains beyond the rope line. The BC Pro 1 prepares students for travel in challenging, non-glaciated terrain. An emphasis on navigation and tour planning unlocks access into the great, white unknown. Explore the backcountry with confidence built on experience, mentorship, and feedback.

Baker Mountain Guides series of Backcountry Pro Courses fuse avalanche education with big mountain experience to create a complete apprenticeship in backcountry skiing and riding. Our respected instructors and awe-inspiring venues offer an unparalleled backcountry education.


Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled 5-day Backcountry Pro 1 Courses organized into 3 comprehensive sections.

  • Pre-Req: AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – 3 Days

    A solid understanding of the avalanche phenomenon, decision making, and risk management is integral to backcountry skiing and riding. The Backcountry Pro 1 course requires that students can incorporate the current avalanche hazard into their tour plans and terrain choices.

  • Section 1: Navigation & Tour Planning – 1 Day

    Success in big terrain requires a great plan. The first day will be in the classroom. After morning orientation, students will learn the fundamentals of mapping and navigation. We’ll spend the day researching venues, planning potential tours, and preparing for backcountry travel.

  • Section 2: Backcountry Basics – 1 Day

    Big lines require big days and efficient travel. Instructors will lead a tour and help students dial in their route finding, track setting, transitions, and emergency response. Expert skiing or riding is required to continue the course. Please honestly state your abilities.

  • Section 3: Backcountry Experience – 3 Days

    The final few days will provide students the opportunity to build experience under the mentorship of professional ski guides. Our daily goal will be to ski and ride beautiful backcountry lines in challenging terrain. Students will lead and receive instruction and feedback.

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Program Information

  • Season
  • December - March

  • Duration
  • 5 Days

  • Pre-Reqs
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course


    Expert Skiing or Riding Ability

  • Locations
  • Mount Baker Backcountry

  • Max Ratio
  • 5 Students to 1 Instructor

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2019 - 2020 Winter Season

    • December 11 - 15
    • January 22 - 26
    • February 19 - 23


    AIARE Level 1 Course Dates

  • Cost
  • $1000 / Person   


    AIARE Level 1 Not Included