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Adventure Talks: Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

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If you are an experienced skier, confident in anything a resort can throw at you, then this ski season may be the year to give backcountry skiing a try. I will say that backcountry is definitely dangerous, and you and your crew should never go alone without the proper preparation. But there are many guided programs that give you the experience of backcountry skiing with minimal risks. Guided backcountry ski trips by 57hours are a great introduction to a different type of skiing.

57hours it an adventure guide company that was built on the idea of packing your weekends with exciting outdoor adventures. Why the name 57hours? Well, there are 57 hours between 3 pm on Friday afternoon and midnight on Sunday. To them, making the most of your weekend means packing your car with gear, heading off to the mountains for the weekend, and returning late Sunday night, exhausted but completely recharged and ready for the upcoming work week.

In this webinar, AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rob Coppolillo, discuses how to safely take the plunge into backcountry skiing. Learn about touring gear, trip planning, avalanche training and more.



If you want to know how to backcountry ski, Rob Coppolillo will share how to safely get started, covering everything from touring gear to the avalanche training you need to take to stay safe. Consider this Backcountry Skiing 101 — a crash course in backcountry basics to help you carve your first backcountry lines on untouched powder.

With a little effort, humility, and willingness to learn, anyone can become a backcountry skier, and Rob will teach you how to prepare and stay safe while having fun. Rob is an internationally licensed mountain guide and author of the The Ski Guide Manual: Advanced Techniques for the Backcountry, as well as an AIARE Level 1 & 2 Instructor. His guidebooks are what guides turn to for info, so there is no better teacher than him!

Watch the 57hours Adventure Talk on Backcountry Skiing for Beginners here:

About Rob Coppolillo

Rob Coppolillo is an AMGA and IFMGA Mountain Guide, and the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides. In fact, Rob’s one of the first 100 Americans to have earned international certification through the International Federation Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA). Having lived in Boulder, Colorado, for 30 years, he now bases in Chamonix, France, with his wife and two sons. He’s a freelance writer who speaks English, Italian and French, and his most recent book, “The Ski Guide Manual“, was published by Falcon Guides in November 2020.


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