Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering Courses

IWLS ski and snowboard mountaineering courses explore some of the best skiing terrain and the deepest powder snow in the world! These educational courses teach participants to be safe, knowledgeable and confident leaders in the wintry mountain environment. Imagine assessing avalanche hazards in the midst of a raging snowstorm or rappelling off a rocky ridge into a snowy bowl! Or enjoying arching beautiful turns down a virgin powder slope and skinning-up a glacier on a warm spring day. Our backcountry skiing and snowboarding courses explore a variety of terrain, locations and techniques.

All of our IWLS ski & snowboard mountaineering courses incorporate extensive avalanche training, and, upon successful completion, students may receive a certification in our level 1 and level 2 avalanche courses.


Alaska Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering
12 and 20 days

The mountains surrounding Haines and Skagway have been heralded as North America’s top skiing and ski mountaineering location. Steep couloirs, undulating bowls and exposed spines combine with high quality, consistent snow for the skiing adventure and wilderness education of a lifetime.


Alaska Heli Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering
Heli Skiing/Snowboarding
12  days

Picture yourself skiing some of the steepest and deepest powder in North America between engaging sessions on avalanche safety, crevasse rescue, or group management. You will have the opportunity to help choose a landing zone, assess the viability of ski descents from the air and practice avalanche rescue scenarios.


Pacific Northwest
12 and 24 days

The North Cascades are blessed with some of the biggest snow fall totals in the world, up to 700 inches annually! The glaciated peaks and wide variety of terrain make this a world-class ski and snowboard mountaineering course area.



12 and 24 days

The skiing and snowboarding in Utah is renowned throughout the world. Deep snowpack, dry powder and incredible mountain terrain make the Utah and Nevada courses the premiere location for learning backcountry skills.