Does ‘backcountry skiing’ sound intimidating to you? Come join us for a one-day ‘Intro to Backcountry’ course and give light to what it means to ski beyond the resort boundaries. Gain knowledge and understanding of basic winter backcountry travel and safety skills. (This class is an excellent pre-cursor to taking your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course).
We will begin by discussing what constitutes as ‘proper’ gear in the backcountry, including: clothing, equipment, packs, etc. Learn how to plan for trips and how to recognize and safely travel through avalanche terrain. This class will provide you with the basics to take your ‘uphilling’ off-piste.
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate [Participants should be able to do light/moderate cardio at altitudes ranging between 9,000’-12,500’, as well as ski green to blue runs in varying elements.]
Time/Place: Meet at 8:30 am at Aspen Expeditions located in the Aspen Highlands Base Village, directly across from the main ticket office. Day will run until approximately 4 pm.
Cost: 4:1 - $175 pp| 3:1 - $215 pp | 2:1 - $315 pp
[Includes use of beacon, shovel & probe. Does not include AT gear rental, lift ticket or $30 foot passenger pass if necessary, water & food.]
Other Details: Please be prepared with plenty of food & water, as well as clothing layers to spend the majority of the day outside.
Skis with alpine touring (AT bindings)
Backpack (large enough to fit all gear INSIDE)
Layers, layers, layers! (Be prepared for life in the mountains - one moment you are hot as you are working hard ascending a steep slope, the next you are cold & shivering as you transition to downhill mode!)
Beacon/Shovel/Probe (included if you don’t already have..)
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