Riding big mountains requires an intimate understanding of snow, technical rope skills, and a humble mindset.
Our courses are certified through the American Avalanche Institute (AAI) and meet American Avalanche Association Standards.
A course for dedicated teams of high level backcountry riders. We dive deeply into the study of snow, complex terrain management and developing a culture of communication in your crew.
A course for independent adventurers, professional freeride athletes on the hunt for the next level of big mountain riding.
Proprietary technical rope systems designed for high alpine riding, cutting edge snow study. For riders at the highest level.
Company-wide avalanche training and technical skills education for snow-sports brands and organizations.
Big Mountain Snow Safety Instructors
Aaron is a big mountain snowboarder, an avalanche educator, and an AMGA splitboard and rock guide based in Jackson, Wyoming. He has made numerous first descents in the Tetons, Alaska Range, and the Andes.
“The Big Mountain Snow Safety Course is a chance for me to impart what I have learned to a new generation of adventurers,” he says. “I draw from my personal experience of remote expeditions and first descents, combined with my ongoing study of snow—these are the ingredients I rely on, and am passionate to share with high-level skiers and riders.”
Born and raised in the mountains of southern Montana, Ben is a passionate big mountain skier, climber and guide.
“The Big Mountain Snow Safety Course gives me the chance to help individuals access the big mountain terrain they seek,” he says. “This program blends high-end mountain efficiency with in-depth snowpack analysis in real terrain with real consequences. I feel honored to be a part of this topnotch crew and look forward to passing on my practices to those who seek it.”
Billy was raised in the Northeast, but cut his teeth in the Tetons. He is an internationally-certified IFMGA mountain guide, and splits time between Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to guiding, Billy is a professional avalanche instructor and forecaster.
“Technical, human-powered climbing and skiing in big mountains is what I love,” he says. “I have been fortunate to experience some of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, which have been the forging ground for the mindset and skills that I share in the Big Mountain Snow Safety Course.”
In his constant pursuit of learning and personal growth, Adam has clocked an absurd amount of time in the alpine environment while climbing and skiing the world’s greatest mountain ranges. Based in the Tetons, he is an AMGA-certified ski guide and professional avalanche forecaster.
“Skiing in the high peaks involves a high level of uncertainty. Over the years I’ve made mistakes and seen firsthand the consequences of poor decision making,” he says. “By sharing what I’ve learned from my own failures and successes in the mountains I hope to impart the nuances of decision making and ultimately give you the tools to navigate a lifetime of adventures in the wildest of places.”
Zahan is a passionate big mountain skier based in Jackson, Wyoming and the owner of Samsara Experience. He has spent his life in constant pursuit of a deeper understanding of how to survive the dangerous game of high-alpine skiing and riding.
“I started the Big Mountain Snow Safety Program in 2013 to train high-level independent skiers and riders on their path to adventure in the greater ranges of the world,” he says. “This program is where we share everything we’ve learned. We teach from the heart, we share from our mistakes, and we do our absolute best to prepare you to make your own decisions in the uncertain world of big mountain riding.”
Big Mountain Workshop
Mountain Education for Snow Sport Brands
“Zahan is a true Jedi Master when it comes to big mountain training. His passion and knowledge of the mountains is second to none. Zahan brings a modern approach to the evolution of big mountain travel.“
Todd Jones. Creator of International Pro Riders Workshop. Teton Gravity Research Founder and Owner