Backcountry Access

For skiers that are willing to put in a bit more work to access unbelievable off piste descents with the use of touring skis and skins.  Using the lift system to gain as much height as possible then skinning to open up a whole world of off-piste that can’t be accessed by relying only on the use of ski lifts alone.

Unlike ski touring trips Backcountry Access is all about the ‘downhill’, each ‘access’ with skins will last from 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours with possibly one of the bigger ascents a 3-4 hour skin.

“An amazing week. You never fail to come up with fantastic adventures for us every day. The Backcountry Access Course opened up a whole new world. Outstanding!”

“Wow, the perfect bridge between backcountry and ski touring. Wished I had known about this years ago”

Minimum requirements for this course:
Competent Off-PIste skiers (level 5). See levels
Skiers who have a high level of fitness to ski all day off piste following a 2 hour skin with a break for lunch
The ability to get up unaided after a fall is essential


For levels 4+ please see our Intro to Ski Touring course

Essential Information

Time of Year
Days Per Week
5 full days, Monday to Friday
Hours Per Day
All day, with break for lunch
Skiers per group
Average 6, maximum 8 depending on conditions, itinerary, group level
purchase in resort
Ski Equipment
Touring skis (ideally 90mm plus under foot), skins and ski crampons are required
Video Analysis
OFF PISTE Safety Equipment
Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack (can be provided by Snoworks)
Strongly recommended


On occasions we utilise local taxis, helicopter pick ups and skidoo tows in order to return to the slopes – these are payable locally in resort and are not included in our course fees.

Available Dates for Backcountry Access courses

Off-Piste Ski Backcountry Access

Off-Piste Ski Backcountry Access