The Samsara Backcountry Snow Safety Program serves small private groups who have already completed an approved Level I course and who are looking to take their snow assessment skills to the next level.
As this is an upper-level course, it requires experience and high levels of fitness. Students are placed in the lead for the entirety of the course, conducting all of the route finding, stability assessment, decision making, and group management.
NOTE: The course is taught at the Level II standard; however, it is not a certified course, which allows for more flexibility and a bias towards time spent in the mountains.
The Complete Picture of Stability
Tracking the Season History
Avalanche Problems & Behavior
Mechanics of Avalanche Release
Metamorphism of Snow
Framework for Decision-Making
Terrain and Group Management
Technical Skills for Ski Alpinism
(Anchors, Belays, Rappels)
Digital Route Planning
Minimum of 5 years of human-powered backcountry riding experience Completed American Avalanche Association approved Level I Avalanche course within the past 5 years Ability to complete 4-5k of uphill travel comfortably Ability to confidently ski 40-degree terrain in all conditions Proficiency with single burials