Lessons & Education

Skee SchoolBackcountry 101Jr Ski Patrol

Students and an instructor practice control on the mountain.

Skee school

  • Lesson Length: 90 minutes
  • Group Lesson: $50 per student
  • Private Lesson: $60 for first student, each additional student $30

Skiing and Snowboarding are a great way to stay active during our long snowy months and help to beat those winter blues for children and adults alike! 

Ski and Snowboard lessons are offered as a group (open to others joining) or as a private lesson and are taught by one of our certified instructors. Anyone under the age of 18 will require a guardian’s signature in order to attend their lesson. Ski/Snowboard equipment is NOT included; students may bring their own or rent equipment ahead of time. Helmets are required for Skee School lessons. If you do not have a helmet you can rent one during your lesson. Students accompanied by an instructor will have lift access during their lesson only and will require the additional purchase of a day pass if they are interested in using the lift after the lesson.

Lesson Signup coming soon this December!

If you have specific questions, please email info@skeetawk.com or call 907-746-PASS (7277)

The silhouette of a backcountry skiier skinning up the mid-mountain at Skeetawk in Hatcher Pass, Alaska.
A backcountry skiier skins up the mid-mountain at Skeetawk. Photo courtesy Fallon Connolly
  • Class Length: 1 full field day, 8:00am — 4:00pm approx.
  • Class Cost: $125

Backcountry 101

The Backcountry 101 course is geared towards aspiring backcountry travelers ages 16+ new to backcountry travel and don’t know how to start. This hands-on, on-mountain introductory course will take students up to mid-mountain via the cabin snowcat and introduce the use of backcountry rescue gear, recognising avalanche terrain, red flags of snow instability, and backcountry travel techniques. This course does not take the place of an Avalanche Level 1 course, but makes a good first stepping stone. 

Learning Objectives of BC 101
After successful completion of the course, the student can:

  1. Describe the equipment necessary for winter backcountry travel
  2. Find​ ​and​ ​interpret​ ​local mountain​ ​weather​ ​forecast​ ​and avalanche​ ​advisory information​
  3. Understand how to build a trip plan and how to break it into sections
  4. Use a systematic way to check a beacons function
  5. Identify green, yellow, and red light terrain
  6. Perform and interpret traveling test and what data those test can provide
  7. Recognize that most fatal avalanche accidents were triggered by the people involved and that preparation and training prior to backcountry travel can save lives
photo courtesy Fallon Connolly

Attending students will need to bring:

  • Ski or Snowboard gear (touring setup is greatly encouraged but not required)
  • Snowshoes if don’t have touring setup
  • Backpack
  • Lunch/snacks and water
  • Avalanche Beacon*
  • Avalanche Probe*
  • Packable Shovel*

*Avalanche Kits available for rent for $35/day

Classes begin in January 2024
Class Dates: Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 3, Mar 24, Apr 7

If you have specific questions, please email info@skeetawk.com or call 907-746-PASS (7277)

Junior Ski Patrol students learn about some of the first aid equipment carried by Ski Patrol staff.

Jr Ski Patrol

  • Class Length: 4 — 5 hours
  • Class Cost: $50 per student

Want to know if you or your child has what it takes to be a future ski patroller? Skeetawk hosts Jr. Patrol events where youth grouped by age (6-12 and 13-17) will have the opportunity to shadow professional ski patrollers on the mountain. Jr. Patrollers will learn mountain set up tasks and further their understanding of necessary patroller skills such as first aid, patient transport, and avalanche safety. Intermediate or higher Ski or Snowboard ability is required, and parents/guardians must sign a waiver for the youth to participate.

Classes begin in January 2024

If you have specific questions, please email info@skeetawk.com or call 907-746-PASS (7277)

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