This class is step one for the competent resort skier who would like to become more knowledgeable about backcountry skiing and explore the mountains away from the ski area boundary. Many resort skiers have the fitness and skiing ability necessary for backcountry touring but lack the basic fundamental skills, so they are intimidated. They should be.
This 2 day class will introduce you to the skills necessary to participate in future backcountry ski tours, either guided, or as a well prepared and informed member of a non-guided party. The camp starts with an evening session: learning about clothing and equipment selection, the contents of our backpack, and a discussion about the current snowpack conditions. Day 2 will be spent in the field, learning to travel across the snow-covered landscape. Along the way you will be learning about route selection, track setting, terrain management and survival in avalanche country.
The field session of this workshop takes place at Spiritworks Herb Farm and Farmstay. This camp would be a great prep for our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. Take a break from the worn out boot pack and come join us.
Minimum Age 18
Risk management discussion
Planning and prep
Backcountry travel techniques
- Layering systems
- Route finding
- Track setting
- Uphill pacing
Seasonal snowpack discussion
Terrain options based on snowpack and current conditions
- Traveling in avalanche terrain
- Open/closed terrain concept
- Snowpack assessment (on ski tour)
Avalanche and Backcountry Skills Course: $150/person
Check back in the fall for our 2019/2020 shedule
- Top Long Sleeve Synthetic: medium to expedition weight long underwear Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 zip
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear 32 Degree Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Jacket
- Puffy Jacket: Hood Recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Jacket
- Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
- Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
- Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.
HEAD AND HANDS
- Gloves 3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone GTX Glove
- Hat: medium weight ski hat
- Hat: baseball or visor for sun
- Buff/neck gaiter
- Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
- Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
- Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
- Ski Goggles
- Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
- Sunscreen/Lip balm
- Headlamp-Extra batteries
SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)
- Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
- Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
- Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
- Ski Poles
- Helmet (optional)
SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)
- Transceiver Guide Pick:Mammut Barryvox S
- Shovel Guide Pick: Mammut Alugator Twist shove
- Probe Guide Pick: Mammut Fastlock Probe 240
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