New to backcountry skiing and riding?

You’re in the right place! There’s nothing better than fresh air, untracked powder, and the freedom that can only come from blazing your own trail in the mountains. But there’s a lot to learn—and it can be a steep learning curve.

Let Big Sky Backcountry Guides show you the introductory skills that will make your first days in the backcountry safe, efficient, and a lot more fun. We’ll go over how to adjust and use your AT, telemark, or splitboard gear; skinning techniques that save you energy; how to transition effectively between uphill and downhill modes; how to stay warm, dry and comfortable in any conditions; and basic avalanche awareness. Plus we’ll ski as much powder as possible!

There’s no reason to suffer, or to learn by years of trial and error. With BSBG, you can jumpstart your backcountry career and enjoy the entire experience from day one

Details:

  • Please make reservations at least three days in advance--we are a small company with limited guides on staff. To ensure availability, reserve early!

  • No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate to advanced downhill ski ability and good fitness required for AT/Telemark/Splitboard trips.

  • Tours last 6-8 hours

  • Meeting time is generally 9am

  • You will need:

    • Lunch and water

    • Avalanche rescue gear (provided by BSBG if necessary)

    • Alpine touring, telemark, or splitboard equipment (rentals available at Grizzly Outfitters in Big Sky, World Boards and Chalet Sports in Bozeman).

    • Midsize backpack and layerable outdoor ski clothing

    • Review the Gear List


Rates:

Prices are person, per day with a maximum 5:1 guide ratio. Our highly-trained and experienced guides are all professional members of the American Avalanche Association, and possess Wilderness First Responder or EMT medical certifications. Lead guides are trained by the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). Meet them HERE.

 

  • 1 Person           $425

  • 2 People           $250 ($500 Total)

  • 3 People           $195($585 total)

  • 4 People           $160($640 total)

  • 5 people           $140($700 total)

  • More than 5 requires a second guide at the same rates.

  • For Silvergate/NE Entrance trips, there is a $125/day overnight charge due to distance from Bozeman/Big Sky.

Important Payment and Booking Info

  • Trips must be paid in full at the time of reservation.

  • An $80 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.

  • Changes to previously reserved dates (ie. moving a trip up or pushing it back into other available dates) will be assessed a $50 administrative fee.

  • Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, or check. Credit Card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee.

Cancellations

If a cancellation is made more than 30 days before the activity, you will be credited towards another BSBG program if used within a year. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than 30 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. BSBG reserves the right to cancel a trip due to lack of enrollment. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, BSBG is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, lodging and other travel related expenses).

Acts of Nature

No refunds will be issued for trips affected by acts of nature such as flooding, fire, or extreme blizzard conditions. These occur naturally in mountain environments and are beyond our control. If the safety of our guests is in question, BSBG reserves the right to relocate or reschedule a trip. If no arrangements can be reached to relocate or reschedule a trip, you will be credited towards another BSBG program if used within a year.

Trip Insurance

Due to the factors listed above, we strongly recommend Trip Insurance from a reputable company such as Travel Guard or Travel Ex. Coverage is reasonably priced and can cover your expenses in the event you need to cancel your trip or your trip is affected by acts of nature.