While we try to encourage participation in the local freeride circuit, this is really only a means to finding our athlete’s ‘best skiing self’ and then taking these skills into the back country. Our backcountry program is optional. However, if the athlete is 13 years or older, they can explore avalanche safety basics with a certified ACMG guide. Our program has 3 graduated levels. We begin with an in-class and in-bounds avalanche awareness session. The athletes then have the option of a slack country ski day. From there, the athlete has the option for the full back country experience, in simple terrain, either cat skiing, or at a backcountry hut and, beyond that, the option for more complicated terrain in very low avalanche hazard. This part of the program is at additional cost.