Avalanche Education and Mountain Skills with BSBG

There is no skill more important for backcountry skiers and riders than recognizing and assessing avalanche hazard, and using well-gathered information to make safe decisions. Let our team of friendly, experienced avalanche educators help you master the strategies to make the backcountry a rewarding place to play--for an entire lifetime of powder turns. All BSBG courses adhere to current American Avalanche Association (AAA) guidelines.


Level 1 Avalanche

Get a Level 1 avalanche course and a fully guided, catered yurt trip with Big Sky Backcountry Guides! Bell Lake Yurt's immersive, high-country environment takes avalanche education where it belongs: into the backcountry. Spend three days and two nights learning in the mountains--not a classroom.

3 Days/ 2 Nights

$620/person all inclusive

  • Price includes professional instruction, three days and two nights at beautiful Bell Lake Yurt, delicious meals, a certificate of completion, and plenty of turns! Compare at $450+ for town-based courses, and Bell Lake Yurt provides amazing value.

  • With a maximum class size of eight (vs. up to 24 in other courses), and a maximum instructor ratio of 4:1 (vs. up to 7:1 in other courses) students receive personalized attention and the best quality experience possible.

  • Guests will need touring bindings and skins or a splitboard (no snowshoes, please), and an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe. Avalanche gear rentals are available through Big Sky Backcountry Guides. Please call for details.

NOTE: Bell Lake Yurt Level 1 avalanche courses take place in the backcountry. The approach to our yurt is 2.6 miles and 1,600 feet, which usually takes around three hours of skinning with a daypack and sleeping bag. Please be physically prepared.


2019-20 Course Schedule:

2019-20 Registration is open!

(Click Dates Below to Register)

1.) Dec. 6-8, 2019 (7 Spots Left!)

2.) Dec. 13-15, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)

3.) Dec. 15-17, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)

4.) Dec. 20-22, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)

5.) Dec. 27-29, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)

6.) Jan. 3-5, 2020 (6 Spots Left!)

7.) Jan. 10-12, 2020 (5 Spots Left!)

8.) Jan. 24-26, 2020 (1 Spot Left!)


Here's what people are saying:

“Being in the real backcountry rather than lift-served terrain made it far more real, and I learned a LOT. Highly recommend.

“The Bell Lake Yurt courses are an incredible value. WAY better than the town-based course I took before. A great experience!

“The small group size and super personable instructors really made me comfortable asking questions.

“Very well-organized and professional—and the setting can’t be beat!


Important Payment and Booking Info

  • Courses and camps require full payment at time of booking.

  • Courses are non refundable, unless your position in the class can be filled. An $80 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.

  • Payments may be made via MasterCard or Visa--sorry, checks are no longer accepted. Rates do not include 3% CC processing fee or guide gratuity.