This four-day Backcountry Development Series course is your comprehensive introduction to backcountry skiing and riding. The course combines the avalanche rescue skills with uphill and downhill skiing techniques. Participants will undertake the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) companion rescue course to gain a solid theory and practice of these vital skills (and hopefully seldom used). Day two will focus on uphill and downhill in the controlled environment of Eldora Ski Area. This venue allows us easy access and maximum time to learn and practice these techniques! Day three puts the previous days skills to use in the backcountry with focus on terrain management, staying comfortable, track setting, and finding the good snow. Day four culminates with a classic ski tour in the world famous Rocky Mountain National Park. This is your jumpstart into the backcountry!