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Women’s Intro to Backcountry Skiing + Equanimity

Get avy savy in the san juans with a crew of ladies!


In partnership with

San Juan Expeditions partner Weston

women’s Intro to backcountry skiing + Equanimity overview

This course teaches you the foundations of backcountry skiing and split boarding all while being led by inspiring female guides. An all women’s/female identifying course will provide a safe space for all who identify as women and non-binary. It will help you become more confident in the outdoors and help you gain your voice when making decisions in the backcountry. We will help you grow into a leader in the backcountry. Lastly, it’s all about fun. We are always here for a good time so we can inspire more women to get out there and enjoy the pow!

How much skiing will we actually do?

You will get an incredible amount of practice skinning uphill, transitioning, and riding down hill in fresh untracked snow. Our guides and instructors all have a background in education and will introduce you to the craft of backcountry decision-making and terrain travel. This is a great way to learn to become an educated and independent backcountry skier or rider.

Why add Equanimity to this course?

Adding equanimity into this course will help you learn how to achieve your goals in the outdoors and bring these lessons into your day to day life. Equanimity will help you be confident in your decision making and make your voice feel heard. You will be heard in every decision made in the backcountry.

This course is designed to also help you prepare to take our AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. 

Topics include:

– Skinning techniques for different terrain

– Transitioning quickly from uphill mode to downhill, and back

– Downhill technique for varied terrain and snow conditions

– Avalanche terrain awareness and detailed explanation of how to read the forecast

    With enough participants we can add a day of AIARE Rescue, a required component of the AIARE avalanche education continuum.  


    who we are

    We stand behind and hand-select everyone of our guides/instructors. All of our guides are educators first and experienced mountain athletes second. This year we have two guides that have been listed for “Piolet D’or” awards and have previously received grants for cutting edge expeditions around the world. Our team is sponsored by “The North Face” and contribute to the new product lines of technical outerwear. We have a reputation for safety in the rugged and dynamic environment of the San Juan Mountains and we take safety very seriously. We are respected in the local Durango/Silverton, community and by our happy loyal clients (see our Google reviews).


    spi course beginner difficulty


    Duration Scale 3 days v2



    Where You Will Stay

    Silverton Lodging

    Silverton provides an ideal base camp for our Women’s Intro to Backcountry Skiing + Equanimity Course. The town is conveniently positioned a short distance from the million-dollar highway on the Southern side of Red Mountain Pass. Nestled in a yawning valley surrounded by a crown of peaks looming above, access to technical terrain is fantastic. The historic town emanates the vibe of a remote outpost but the parallels to a rugged frontiers town stop there. Historic Greene St. hosts a variety of Coffee shops, restaurants, bars and more to indulge in on your off time from the course. With no shortage of places to rest your muscles after a long day in the mountains, our lodging partners The Columbine Road HouseAvon Hotel, and The Wyman Hotel offer San Juan Expeditions guests a 10% discount on their preferred lodging. If you have any additional questions on lodging feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

    where we will meet

    On the first morning of the Women’s Intro to Backcountry Skiing + Equanimity Course, we will have a meeting at San Juan Expeditions HQ.  We will go over the itinerary for the next three days, you will meet your guides, we will be sure all liability waivers have been completed and then we will head straight out into the field. After the first day of the course, meeting locations may vary depending on the tour plans for the following days. All this information will be shared with you by your guides and instructors.

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    What is Included in the cost?

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    – Three days with an AMGA certified & trained guide

    – Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)

    – Avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe)

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    – Guide gratuity

    – Snow travel equipment (splitboard or AT skis)

    – Personal clothing/gear

    * If you need to rent equipment locally visit our partners at Cripple Creek Backcountry and pick up your gear at our shop in Silverton.


    Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have your parent/guardian complete.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation Policies.


    Skiers/riders should be in good physical condition, and confident/comfortable on their method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard).