2021 Foundations of Backcountry Touring Series by Stio and the American Avalanche Institute

Stio AAI Backcountry Touring

We’re excited to kick off our 2nd Annual Foundations of Backcountry Touring Series with our friends at Stio! Here’s how to join us:

Tune in Live on Instagram: Every other Thursday at 6pm MST

The Details:

  • When? Every other Thursday at 6PM MST beginning November 4th.
  • Where? AAI and Stio Instagram
  • Why? Because if you’ve just purchased backcountry touring gear, or haven’t used your gear for awhile, we want you to be prepared.

These little nuggets about the backcountry and avalanche preparedness are brought to you in partnership with our friends at Stio. A local Jackson, Wyoming-based apparel brand, Stio makes some of the best outdoor clothing for backcountry adventures!

These will be short 10 to 15-minute discussions. So, don’t be late if you want to participate and ask questions. Our lead instructor Sarah Carpenter will be on each week to talk about different aspects of traveling in the backcountry. You will learn about what gear to wear, what to pack, and what resources are available.

Stio AAI Backcountry Touring

Just starting out on your backcountry and avalanche education? Or need a refresher course?

Check out our online Avalanche Fundamentals class! For just $30 you can get a quick refresher on how to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain.

Missed a LIVE session?

No worries, we’ll be adding each session below right after they happen, or you can head over to Instagram’s IGTV to watch all the videos.

2021 Foundations of Backcountry Touring Instagram Live Series

Week 1: Thursday, November 4th. Backcountry Refresher- Watch on IGTV

Here’s what we covered:

  • Getting started on your first day back ski touring
  • What does early season snow mean for stability?
  • How to track snowpack layers
  • Where to find the avalanche forecast
  • Gear check!

Week 2: Thursday, November 18th- Watch on IGTV

Here’s what we covered:

  • Accessing the Backcountry from a Ski Resort
  • Backcountry Etiquette

Week 3: Thursday, December 2nd- Watch on IGTV

  • Backcountry Transitions– transitioning from uphill travel to downhill riding

Week 4: Thursday, December 16th- COMING SOON!

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More Resources: Snow and Avalanche Workshops

Want more information on snow safety and avalanche education? Check out the American Avalanche Association listing of all the virtual workshops happening this season.

Your Instructor: Sarah Carpenter

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