Backcountry Access and Alpine World Ascents will team up this season to offer on-snow avalanche training tours, with a strong emphasis on gaining practical experience leading informal groups in the backcountry. Called the BCA On-Snow Field Sessions, these multi-day trainings will take place in Silverton, Colorado (Dec. 11-13, $450); Washington’s North Cascades (May 6-9, $550), and the Andermatt/Gotthard region of Switzerland (Feb. 12-16, $1490). They will be guided and taught by AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Markus Beck of Alpine World Ascents (AWA) and Bruce Edgerly, co-founder of Backcountry Access, Inc. (BCA), with special appearances by other BCA experts.

The sessions are designed to provide strong field experience to recreational skiers and snowboarders who have already taken some form of basic avalanche instruction in the classroom. While the courses will not offer certification, they will offer even more important supervised practical experience. The objective is to increase the participant’s confidence in routefinding, snow stability analysis, group management, and decision making. Ideal for those who often find themselves leading informal recreational groups in the backcountry.

Instruction will also include advanced transceiver rescue exercises from the industry’s leading authority on the subject: Backcountry Access, distributor of the Tracker DTS. Participants are guaranteed to be experts with their beacon by the end of each session. Free demos will available on all BCA beacons, shovels, probes, packs, and Naxo alpine touring bindings.