ARC’TERYX Backcountry Academy: learn by day, play by night.

JACKSON, WY– ARC’TERYX, the technical leader in outdoor apparel and equipment, offers skiers and snowboarders in Jackson an all-inclusive opportunity to hone their backcountry skills.

The ARC’TERYX Ski and Snowboard Academy is coming to Jackson this weekend, February 8-11. Beginners and experts alike will learn valuable backcountry knowledge through professionally guided clinics, educational seminars, and shared experiences in the ultimate alpine environment. World-class instruction, supported by Exum Mountain Guides, will focus on technical ski alpinism, efficient winter mobility, crevasse rescue/rope work, critical mountain skills and important backcountry safety for skiers and splitboarders.

But the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Activities and events continue into the evening with a host of pro athlete/keynote speakers, inspirational films and live music.

The inaugural event kicks off at the Alpine House at 4:00 on Thursday with a happy hour sponsored by Melvin Brewing, then moves to the Pink Garter for keynote presentations by renowned ski mountaineers Michelle Parker and Greg Hill. The night ends with a silent auction to support Teton County Search and Rescue and live music from the Canyon Kids.

On Friday afternoon, the Alpine House hosts a happy hour and Open-Air Trade Fair sponsored by Gore-Tex, Atomic Skis, Gu Energy, Suunto, Giro, and Melving Brewing. After dark, the night resumes back at Pink Garter for an intimate evening with keynote speaker Todd Jones from Teton Gravity Research. Jones will play the latest festival edit of the most recent TGR film Rogue Elements. The night caps of with reggae/dancehall beats from Mandai the Rose and live music from FaderMcGavin and The Risky Livers in the main theater.

Certain to be the highlight of the weekend will be the Jackson Hole Exposed Photo Showdown
where five professional photographers will go head to head in a Pro Photo Showdown for
$5000 in cash prizes. Hosted again at the Pink Garter Theatre, each photographer will have five
minutes to showcase what Jackson Hole skiing means to them through photographs and music.
All of the imagery will be captured within the three-day period of the Academy.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Photo by David Stubbs

“We’re really excited to add a new backcountry component to the growing ARC’TERYX Academy franchise,” said Justin Sweeny, North American Sports Marketing Manager. “Backcountry skiing and snowboarding runs deep in our DNA, and our commitment to it has played a large role and our heritage.”

ARC’TERYX chose Jackson Hole  and the Tetons for its “steep technical terrain, deep snow, and its elevated skiing and snowboarding environment,” in addition to a new partnership with Exum Mountain Guides,  Sweeny said.

“Taking everything we’ve learned from producing the ARC’TERYX Alpine and Climbing Academies over the past decade, this is going to be an incredible experience with a great weekend of camaraderie, education and adventure in the Tetons.”

For more information on ARC’TERYX Backcountry Academy clinics, schedules and the entire event please visit or check out this video to watch a preview of the backcountry adventure that awaits.

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