The Arc’teryx Backcountry Academy is four days of clinics, seminars, films, and skiing with pro athletes from the Arc’teryx roster and the famous Exum Mountain Guide team. Oh, and then there’s Jackson Hole.
Not a shabby way to polish your winter backcountry skills.
While eyes happily glaze over with the thought of skiing the infamous Teton Pass and far-off lines that quite literally founded Teton Gravity Research, the emphasis at the academy is most definitely on education. Exploration and touring and fun is all part of it, of course, but show up ready to expand your knowledge base, not just your comfort level.
Clinics are divided by skill level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. There are ski-specific, splitboard-specific, and mixed discipline options. Over 60 classes take place over the four days, ranging from absolute introductory classes to technical rope work and expedition ski mountaineering.
The organizers have added a nice twist to signing up, too. Recognizing that most of us want to ski with our buddies, registrants can make that clear from the start by purchasing multiple spots in a single class.
For photographer athletes, Jackson Hole Exposed has a limited number of spots to ski with and photograph pro athletes. Six teams will compete for the best slide show, which will be selected later in the weekend.
Many of the details are still being dialed in the for the February Backcountry Academy. Athletes, seminar leaders, and clinic leaders will be pulled from the Arc’teryx and Exum universes. Films, speakers, and music will also be added to the website once solidified. Registration for clinics is open now.
Photo by Robert Thomson