Backcountry Skiing Course


Backcountry Skiing Course

This badge represents successful completion of The Backcountry Skiing Course, which teaches necessary skills to safely travel the backcountry for alpine tourers, telemarkers, and (depending on the class being offered) snowboarders of intermediate level or better.

Description of skills

The holder of this badge has successfully completed our Backcountry Skiing Course, and has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills:

  • Necessary equipment and supplies for any backcountry trip
  • Telemark skiing instruction 
  • Avalanche awareness/avoidance 
  • Avalanche rescue and beacon practice 
  • Depending on the course, it may also teach winter camping and emergency shelter-building

what does this badge allow me to do?

 Those who hold this badge can participate in Backcountry Ski and Snowboard trips.  Learn more about these kinds of trips in the activity overview or search for upcoming activities.  



To get this badge, you must complete The Mountaineers Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding Course.


The  Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding Course Badge may be granted to members who have applicable experience and can demonstrate proficiency in the relevant skills.  To connect with an equivalency coordinator at your branch, contact .