Backcountry Program

The goal of the JHSC Backcountry Program is to foster a knowledge base and an environment in which athletes feel comfortable traveling safely and efficiently over snow in an uncontrolled mountain environment.

Student-athletes will gain hands-on experience with:

  • Avalanche education 
  • Backcountry equipment
  • Snowpack evaluation
  • Tour planning
  • Forecasting
  • Human factors and group dynamics
  • Post-trip debriefing and analysis

Our programs include open communication and discussions that will prepare student-athletes to provide valuable input in the decision-making process on guided ski trips, backcountry tours, or perhaps as future professionals in the industry. Eventually, participants in this program will have opportunities to help deliver education and awareness programs to younger JHSC student-athletes and/or the Jackson Hole community.

Backcountry skiing and splitboarding require a high level of physical fitness and technique, both up- and downhill. In an effort to have the most enjoyable ski touring experience possible, athletes in the clinics and touring days will practice proper skinning and gear selection, as well as build physical and mental strength in the mountains. Whether it be a short lap out of bounds at a resort, a large scale ski mountaineering objective, or furthering their avalanche education, our coaches will meet athletes where they are, helping them achieve their goals. 

Our clubwide avalanche education programs will be held during a designated training day for all JHSC alpine, freeride, and Nordic teams ages U14 and up. Please visit this page for more information and training dates.

To learn more about Backcountry and for a quick-start guide to the Club, please visit the JHSC Welcome Guide for Families








03/27/2024 - 1:27pm
That's it for the 2024 Backcountry Program Season!
03/06/2024 - 8:24am
After a slow start to the winter in December and January, February was filled with powder, fresh tracks, and avalanche education for the backcountry program.
01/30/2024 - 9:06am
JHSC Backcountry Program January Newsletter