Backcountry Skills Instruction


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Club members sometimes get together for an informal avalanche beacon practice. To join you will need to own or borrow a beacon, and a shovel and avalanche probes.

What are Back-Country Skills?

If you want to go on an overnight hut trip or ski the wilds of the back-country, it's essential to learn back-country skills. Knowledge and good judgement about weather, avalanches, navigation, appropriate terrain and equipment, and overall safety are key to a great back-country experience.

How Can I Learn?

The intermediate ski instruction and some AT car trips, hut trips and yurt trips include back-country skills instruction.  Look for avalanche course links on the ski club home page under XC, BC, AT Resources.

The ski club offers overnight trips to back-country huts, yurts and day tours of steeper terrain, including alpine touring (AT) and telemark opportunities. Indoor sessions prior to these trips and outdoor discussions focus on various back-country skills. Avalanche beacons, probe poles, and shovels may be required. See the calendar for dates and the Back-country Skills and Back-country Checklist PDFs and other documents in the sidebar. Also see the XC, BC & AT Resources and Weather, Road & Avalanche Info pages on the Ski Club Home page (above) for avalanche education, wilderness medicine courses, and many resources on huts and yurts, snow, weather and avalanche conditions, available from various organizations. There are numerous books, web resources and courses available in addition to resources on this website.

Updated November 2019

Back Country Skills Documents

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