Beyond Level One

Backcountry ski touring decisions in the real world

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NOTE: Beta Phase Enrollment is now full.
You can still enroll, and stay tuned for the first lesson posted Oct 15, 2021.

"Well, it depends..."
Countless times, this cliche answer is uttered in avalanche courses around the world. As annoying as this answer can be, the fact is, good decisions depend on many factors. That can be really hard to navigate. So why not watch and learn how experts do exactly that, in real life, when their well-being and fun maximization are on the line. The way we can learn and grow is by having daily doses of incremental exposure to different experiences.

This season long course will highlight 15-20 mountain guides and pro skiers' decision making process on a personal ski tour in their area(s). You'll see them process all those factors, and make real decisions, when dealing with this ever changing medium called snow. A medium that is so fun, yet simultaneously potentially dangerous.

You'll get to be a fly on the wall as these professionals screen grab their morning routine; processing the avalanche forecast, recent events, making a plan, and then several video clips during their tour, making their decisions based on observations and many other factors. You'll glean helpful tricks and techniques they do to refine and up your game. By hearing from 15-20 different people, in different snowpacks, with different problems, all season long. This could be the most eclectic nearly-real-time collection of snow learning available.

Avoiding avalanches is a big piece of the puzzle. Another, often overlooked, big piece is how to find the best snow. Learn how to find 'the goods' too!

Deliverables For Subscribers:
- Oct 15 - April 15
- Five, 10-minute edited episodes, per week
- Audio files will be available for car listening pleasure (podcast style)
- Several round table discussions where the pros will discuss pertinent topics
- Lean in, get stoked, and learn in a way never before attempted!


Your Instructor


Mark Smiley
Mark Smiley

Mark Smiley's passion for adventure has taken him around the world on 20+ expeditions to places like China, Peru, Ecuador, Africa, Chile, Argentina, Across Europe, Canada, and Alaska.

He and his wife, Janelle, are the only people that have attempted to climb all 50 Classic Climbs of North America (48 successfully). Additionally, he was part of a team to set a world record skiing across the entire Alps Mountain Range (1100 miles and 292,000 vertical feet) in a mere 36 days.

His teaching style is fun, concise and easy to understand. As an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide, Mark is among the world's elite guides to reach this status. More important than this certification, is his candid style of conveying to you the best of the best information and techniques that will really help you. Through this course you will tap into his expertise, skills, and knowledge for real world learning.

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The Growing List of Areas Represented By Guides & Pros:

Wyoming: Tetons
Montana: Yellowstone
Colorado: San Juans, Crested Butte, Front Range
California: Tahoe
Washington: Snoqualmie Pass
New Hampshire: White Mountains
Utah: Wasatch Mountains
Chamonix, France
More to come soon...

Course Curriculum


  Oct 15, 2021: First video goes live
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