I'm a skier based in Manitoba, and
I've gotten a taste of the best of what the mountains have to offer (Fernie, Feb. 2014, snow all the time) and the worst (Kicking Horse, Feb. 2015, no fresh snow, ice & moguls). While skiing the worst, there was all the untracked, fresh snow sitting on the other side of the ski area boundary, just tempting me to hop the rope. Of course, I never did since I knew the stakes would be high if I hopped in without any of the proper knowledge or gear.
So anyways, I was wondering if it would be possible to take a backcountry training course without having to go to the mountains. Its not like I'm in Calgary, where within 2 hours I could be surrounded towering rock pyramids, its an 15 hour trip for me to get anywhere with significant vertical. Like I've been wanting to get my CSIA level 2 for a while now but can't afford the 'work-cation' I'd need to take to get it.
So yeah; is it possible? Yes or no?