Backcountry Skiing

Prospect Mountain - $55 Mt. Ascutney & Thunderbolt Trail - $95
16 and up
Fitness Level:
Skill Level:
Each participant, or their guardian, must sign a waiver to participate in an Adventure East experience. Following payment of your online booking, your reservation confirmation will include a link to e-sign the waiver. Due to insurance requirements, we are unable to accommodate guests who do not sign a waiver.

This is a three-hour group lesson in backcountry skiing. We will be traveling uphill so we can then ski back down! We will cover the following topics:

  • Putting skins on your skis
  • Skinning technique
  • Making turns going uphill
  • Transitioning from uphill mode to downhill mode
  • Removing, folding and storing your skins

This is not a learn to ski class; you should already know how to ski on intermediate trails that are not groomed. The terrain we will ski down on can include beginner, intermediate, or expert terrain depending on our location and group abilities. One of the exciting parts of backcountry skiing is the variety of conditions and terrain. You’ll gain an appreciation for many different snow conditions.

NOTE: Thunderbolt is for advanced skiers, and you should be experienced skiing in steep narrow terrain with variable snow conditions.


We are the only shop in Western Mass with ski touring setups for rent!  


We're excited to announce the addition of a fleet of Fischer Transalp alpine touring skis to our gear inventory! The Transalp’s construction provides a lightweight touring ski with just the right amount of stiffness for turning in all the wonderful snow conditions found in New England’s backcountry and slackcountry. If you’ve ever considered touring as an alternative to busy resorts, you can now explore alpine touring with Adventure East before investing in your own equipment.


You can rent our touring skis during the check out process for your ski touring experience. We provide the skis and skins and you bring your alpine ski boot.


Experience Location
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Prospect Mountain

Located in the rural town of Woodford, VT, Prospect Mountain's impeccably groomed trails get more natural snow than most other ski areas in the region.

Dates: Jan 28
Feb 26

Times: 9am

Jan 28
Feb 26

Mt. Ascutney

Nestled in Windsor, VT, Ascutney is home to some of the most challenging and exciting skiing in the region.

Dates: Feb 5
Mar 5

Times: 9am

Feb 5
Mar 5

Thunderbolt Trail

The Thunderbolt Trail run from the summit of Mt. Greylock - the highest point in Massachusetts - boasts picturesque views and is one of the most beloved trails in the area.
*Thunderbolt is for advanced skiers, and you should be experienced skiing in steep narrow terrain with variable snow conditions.

Dates: Feb 12
March 12

Times: 9am

Feb 12
March 12

Additional information regarding this experience

What's Included?

Three-hour backcountry course

Backcountry ski guide

Optional rental of touring skis & skins

What to Bring

Skis or splitboard

Winter clothing appropriate for conditions

Backpack to carry your skins, extra layers, water, snacks, etc.