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We will teach through doing to promote growth and understanding  in backcountry skiing and mountain travel. We will coach you in  the physical skills of moving through big mountain terrain on skis.  We’ll teach you to use tools such as ropes and other technical  gear to help you venture into more complex terrain. We will also  cover the cerebral aspects such as decision making, forecasting  and route planning. 

You’ll still be required to put in the work, but we’ll help bridge the  gap between challenge and risk. The ultimate goal is for our  mentee’s to walk away more prepared to plan their own  adventures while making well informed and calculated decisions. 

Overview We will meet once a week on Tuesdays for 4 weeks as we work through a progression of skills and learning. These groups of no more than 4 people participants will need to be solid skiers and must have completed a level 1 avalanche course. This high bar is necessary so that we can teach the higher-level skills in more diverse terrain than we otherwise could.  

The hope is to have 4 people per session. We will run these  Tuesday sessions all season. Each month conditions change,  sign up for multiple sessions and the progression will continue as you move into different roles within your own personal progression, while getting into more and more terrain. 

Price: $1000 per person for 4 Tuesdays. Sign up for a second session get $100 off.  

Client to Guide Ratio: 4:1  

Session Dates

  • Session 1: Dec. 14th, 21st, 28th, and Jan. 4th  
  • Session 2: Jan. 11th, 18th, 25th, and Feb.1st  
  • Session 3: Feb. 8th, 15th, 22nd, and March 1st  
  • Session 4: This one is 4 consecutive days March 7th-10th
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 Ski and Technical Gear  

  • Skis With Alpine Touring bindings: We recommend a Touring Specificwith a waist between  102cm and 116. Skis should be equipped with touring binding, preferably tech style bindings
  • Ski Poles: We recommend an adjustable pole with extended grip  
  • Climbing Skins: Skins need to be in good condition and cut to fit your ski. 
  • Ski Touring Boot: Boots need to be compatible with your bindings. Boots must have a walk  mode. 
  • Ski Crampons: Ski Crampons must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist width. 
  • Boot Crampons: We highly recommend aluminum crampons. Make sure they work with your  ski boots 
  • Harness: Harness must fit over ski clothing, be light weight and in good condition. You should  also have 2 locking carabiners and a belay device. 
  • Ice Axe: Ice Axe needs to be light weight and short (Less than 55cm) 

 

Safety Gear  

  • Ski Backpack: A good ski pack should be light weight and have a dedicated pocket for your  avalanche rescue gear and be between 35-50 liters. 
  • Avalanche Rescue Gear: You will need a shovel and probe. The Shovel should have an  extendable handle, an aluminum blade and fit into you pack without sticking out. Make sure  your probe is in working order. 
  • Avalacche Beacon: Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new  batteries in your beacon as well as one extra set. 
  • Ski Helmet: While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend it. 

CLOTHING ITEMS 

Head  

  • Beanie: You might want to bring 2 just incase. We recommend one light and one medium  weight Beanie
  • Buff/Neck Gaiter: We recommend a lightweight buf as it has many uses. 
  • Goggles: We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light. They  should also be compatible with your helmet. 
  • Sun Glasses: Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for the up.  Goggles will get fogged with sweat. 

 

Hands  

  

  • Warm Gloves: How warm depends on you. We recommend a durable well fitting ski glove. Light Gloves: lighter weight gloves are recommended for hiking up to reduce sweating. Upper Body  
  • Hard Shell Jacket: Waterproof/breathable jacket with ventilation. 
  • Light Insulating Jacket: Breathable light insulating jacket. 
  • Mid to Heavy Insulating Jacket: Temps can be cold, You will be happy for a nice warm jacket. Top Base Layer: We really like sun hoodies to check this box. 

 

Lower Body  

  • Ski Pants: We recommend a light option or a more waterproof option. 
  • Bottom Base Layer: We prefer a light pair of bottoms

 

Feet  

  • Ski Boots: Also listed above under technical gear. 
  • Ski Socks: We prefer light weight socks 

 

Personal Items  

  • Sunscreen: 50 spf or greater. Make sure your tube is not old as sunscreen can loose it’s  effectiveness over time 
  • Lip Screen: Make sure it has spf 
  • Small First Aid Kit: This should contain blister repair material, over the counter pain killers and  a few bandaids. We will have a full sized med kit on the boat as well as field kits with the  guides. 
  • Personal toiletries: Toothbrush, Paste, razor, Shampoo and soap etc.  
  • Towel: For your Shower 

Travel/Casual Clothing: There is not a lot of room on the boat, so don’t over pack Smart Phone/Laptop/Camera: There is not wifi at the cabin, but there is good 4G cell.

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