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New Arc'Teryx Academy aims at refining your backcountry tool kit

A mountain guide demonstrates climbing in a mountaineering workshop
Arc’Teryx Academy is launching its first ever winter edition with a weekend of workshops and clinics focused entirely on backcountry skills and safety (Image credit: Arc'Teryx )

Arc’Teryx Academy is launching its first ever winter edition with a weekend of workshops and clinics focused entirely on backcountry skills and safety.

Arc’Teryx Academy Freeride takes place in St Anton am Arlberg in the Austrian Alps February 18-20 and features 23 courses led by professional mountain guides and world-class athletes, aimed at helping you to stay safe and have fun in the backcountry, whether you’re on skis, a splitboard or crampons

A skier in deep powder

Arc’Teryx Academy Freeride takes place in St Anton am Arlberg in the Austrian Alps February 18-20 and features 23 courses led by professional mountain guides (Image credit: Arc'Teryx)

More people than ever before are venturing out into the backcountry these days, seeking an escape from the crowds at ski resorts and the chance to explore untouched powder. However, with the increased access to adventure comes greater risk of hazards such as dangerous storms and avalanches. The 2020/21 ski season brought almost three times as many fatal accidents and deaths in ski touring compared to the average over the last twenty years according to a report from the National Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches (opens in new tab).

If you’re thinking of taking your winter sports off piste, you should know that exploring in the backcountry requires an entirely different skillset to resort skiing, from owning and knowing how to use backcountry gear like AT skis and beacons to important survival skills such as avalanche safety. Arc’Teryx Academy’s courses are aimed at making sure you get the most out of your time in the snow as well as helping you to stay safe in adverse conditions. 

Three skiers wearing helmets

Exploring in the backcountry requires an entirely different skillset to resort skiing, from owning and knowing how to use backcountry gear like AT skis and beacons to important survival skills (Image credit: Arc'Teryx)

Described by Arc’Teryx Sports Marketing Manager Max Müller as “a weekend with kindred spirits brimming with tips, tricks and inspiration," safety courses include avalanche safety, first aid and bivy and survival training, while skills clinics range from ski and splitboard mountaineering, beginner and expert ski touring, snow sport photography and women’s only workshops.

Prices for the courses range from €80-€140. For more information about the Arc'teryx Academy Freeride in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria, visit: https://freeride-stanton.arcteryxacademy.com (opens in new tab) 

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.