Take the New FREE Uphill Travel E-Learning Course
Take PSIA-AASI’s new and FREE e-learning course on inbounds uphill travel to learn all the best practices for using your skis or splitboard to skin uphill this winter.
This course will help you learn more about the world of self-powered uphill travel within ski area boundaries.
“The three-part course covers the safety, policies, and best techniques for uphill travel,” said PSIA-AASI Digital Learning Manager Kelly Levitas. “Uphill travel, or ‘earning your turns,’ is more popular than ever, and this course will provide everyone with the knowledge to go in-bounds skinning safely and efficiently.”
Featuring PSIA Telemark Team Coach Gregory Dixon, the course includes content for alpine skiers, snowboarders, and telemark skiers. Take the Uphill Travel E-Learning Course to learn about:
- The growing popularity of touring and why more and more people are getting involved.
- Resort access, policies, and safety awareness.
- Equipment, what is necessary, and how to use it.
- Skinning techniques and best practices for getting started.
“Regardless of what equipment you use, when you take the inbounds uphill travel course, you’re going to learn something,” Gregory said. “The content is for everyone. For instructors, it will open the door for them to try something new.”
Kelly and Gregory emphasize that even after skiers and snowboarders master the technique of uphill travel, they need to continue to educate themselves about the specific rules of skinning at different areas and safety considerations.
“Every resort has its own policy, and it may change at anytime,” Gregory said. “By taking the time to review individual resort guidelines, you can ensure a more enjoyable experience for you and everyone else on the hill.”
Being an uphill travel expert will increase your enjoyment of the experience and may even increase your clientele.
“Sharing uphill travel with your clients is a great way to mix up how you play in the mountain environment,” Kelly said. “Showing students how to climb up then ski or snowboard down the mountain is a wonderful experience to share.”