This year, MTN RDY Ski Athlete and guide Noah Howell and Dylan Freed will be working in collaboration with the Utah Avalanche Center to provide a "Skills in the Hills" Clinic focusing on intermediate backcountry techniques. 

The all-day clinic will be held in Big Cottonwood Canyon. All participants will receive full instructions, meet-up location, and a schedule for the day of. Lunch is provided, and participants are all invited to an apres-ski happy hour at the famed Hog Wallow near the base of Big Cottonwood after class.

Cost: $175

Dates Offered: January 5th and January 12th, 2018


  • Introductions: level of experience, training, goals for class, backcountry goals

  • Resources/tools: books, courses, UAC, WB maps, Phone, Inreach, GPS, Instagram.

  • Gear: beacons, shovel, probe, airbag, skis, skins, first aid, repair kit

  • Avalanches: What they are, how they form, signs, how do we avoid

  • Snowpack: pits, observations, test slopes, ski cut, cornice drops

  • Group Dynamics: heuristic traps, partners, red flags, trust 

  • Planning a day: setting goals to align with conditions, maintaining awareness, changing plans.

  • Terrain: choosing “safe” routes, audibles, travel protocols

  • Weather: changing conditions during day, forecasting/predicting





For cancellations made 30 days or more before the first day of the program, refunds will be given for the amount paid, less a $30.00 administration fee.

For cancellations made between 30 days before the first day of the program, 50% of the course fee will be refunded.

Cancellations made 15 days or less before the first day of the program will not be eligible for refunds.

For all Clinic Inquiries please contact: