Best For hike to adventurous terrain and learn backcountry skills

E:K Backcountry Workshop

Lesson Type: Small Group

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Dates

January 19th

February 2nd

Our Backcountry Workshops are a great introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation upon which to build skills for the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certificate Course. Learn the basic skills needed to venture safely inside resort boundaries or into basic lift accessed backcountry/sidecountry terrain in this all day course. This workshop will cover avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations, intro to the companion rescue, and an introduction to touring equipment and skills. Clinics are led by Expedition:Kirkwood Guides and are limited to 8-12 participants. Backcountry Workshops are open to all disciplines at an advanced to expert level (alpine touring ski, splitboard, telemark, rondine).

What to Expect:

  • Classes begin at 9:00am
  • Each class will mix indoor and outside activities
  • Held at Expedition: Kirkwood (across from Main Lodge)

Special Notes:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the class begins
  • Please bring your own avalanche safety gear if you have it (pack, probe, shovel)

Registration Information:

  • Program space is limited.
  • Participants who do not pre-register need to arrive early to ensure placement in the program.
  • Program participants are required to come equipped with appropriate attire and accessories such as water resistant pants, jacket and gloves. Glasses for sunny days and goggles/hat for snowy days.

Get Ready

Registration Information

  • Program space is limited.
  • Participants who do not pre-register need to arrive early to ensure placement in the program.
  • All participants should be checked in or in line at the Kirkwood Ski & Ride School desk by 9:30am at the latest, including those who are pre-registered, in order to make the lesson on time. 
  • Program participants are required to come equipped with appropriate attire and accessories such as water resistant pants, jacket and gloves. Glasses for sunny days and goggles/hat for snowy days.

Registration Times

  • 8:30 am to 10:00 am Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 am to 10:00 am Weekends and holidays
  • Registration for the morning lesson closes promptly at 10:00 am
  • Registration for the afternoon lesson closes promptly at 1:00 pm

Prepping for your lesson

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of water to make sure you are hydrated 
  • Bring warm clothes including hats, gloves, a jacket, waterproof winter pants and goggles

Lesson Cancellation Policy

All reservations must be canceled or changed 24 hours before the scheduled lesson date. If the reservation is not canceled within this time frame a $100 processing fee will be imposed on all Private lessons and a $75 processing fee will be imposed on all group lessons. All No Call No Shows will be charged the full price of the lesson. To cancel or change a lesson reservation, please contact Kirkwood Ski & Ride School at 209.258.7754. Our reservation center is open 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; if you call after hours, you will have the option to leave a message for cancellations only. No reservations will be accepted on voicemail.

Questions? Contact the Kirkwood Ski and Ride School at 209.258.7754 or email kirkwoodpvtlessons@vailresorts.com for all private lessons and kirkwoodlessons@vailresorts.com for all group lessons. For all Expedition: Kirkwood questions call 209-258-7360 or email expeditionkirkwood@vailresorts.com.

*Gratuities for coaches are not a requirement but an appropriate and appreciated gesture. A 15-20% gratuity based on the cost of the lesson will make your coach feel very appreciated and valued.

FAQ's

Lift tickets are not included in the base price of lessons. Everyone accessing the mountain must have a lift ticket. For many of our lessons we offer a discounted lift ticket as an add-on product.

Like lift tickets, equipment rental can be included in the price of Adult Lessons Packages. Make sure you choose to include it when making your reservation online.

Check out our Lesson/Ski School Programs

You should select the level that you are currently skiing/riding at, not what you want to become. If you are unclear or uncertain of your level, please read below to see our description of zones of learning. All you need to select is beginner, intermediate or advanced. Upon arrival, we will combine you with other guests of the same skill level with your zone.

Get in the ZONE

We split the lessons into what 'zone' you ski in; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For instance within the beginner zone, there are skiers/boarders that are first-timers, up to those just starting on intermediate runs. Within that zone, you will be matched up with other students that are at your level. So all you really need to let us know is if you ski on beginner, intermediate, or advanced runs, that's the level of lesson to take.

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