Join SheJumps + Alpine Ascents International for a women's only Backcountry Ski Seminar
Join SheJumps + Alpine Ascents International for a women’s only Backcountry Ski Seminar
About this event
Take your backcountry skill development to the next level by learning side-by-side with other women in a positive and encouraging environment. SheJumps and Alpine Ascents International present a women-only Backcountry Ski Seminar at Mt. Rainier.
Who needs lift lines? The possibilities for backcountry skiing/riding in Washington State are endless and limited only by technical skills, knowledge, and desire for adventure. Our world-class guide staff and local experts are ready to pass along the knowledge essential to safely earn your turns in good style. With a low guide-to-student ratio, instructors have ample time to cover the ins and outs of how to efficiently move through backcountry terrain while maximizing the fun factor (i.e. downhill runs in untracked powder).
Registration MUST be completed through Alpine Ascents: Registration form
In the Alpine Ascents Backcountry Ski/Ride Seminar, students spend two full field days learning and applying all the skills of a proficient backcountry traveler. Skinning efficiently uphill, tour planning, and applying the avalanche forecast to terrain are a few of the key fundamentals taught and practiced. Our guides will also coach students on staying warm and dry while managing the extremes of tough physical effort and cold winter conditions. Throughout the course, instructors integrate an understanding of avalanche hazards into the bigger equation of having a fun and safe day of backcountry skiing and snowboarding.
This two-day seminar will focus on how to apply the avalanche forecast to the terrain, allowing skiers/riders to safely find the best snow in the backcountry. Planning for and avoiding avalanche hazards is an integral part of every day in the backcountry, so it is a primary point of planning in their morning team meetings.
Course Objectives :
This course – along with a Level 1 Avalanche Course – is intended to give students all the necessary skills to travel in simple to challenging backcountry terrain with team members of equal or greater training.
Mount Rainier offers exceptional terrain for new backcountry skiers and snowboarders. With easy access, ample snowfall, and varied terrain it makes for an engaging mountain classroom and serves as a springboard to bigger ski tours in the Cascades and beyond.
The course will cover:
-Plan for travel in backcountry terrain utilizing avalanche forecasts, weather forecasts, maps, and other resources
-Apply the avalanche forecast and danger rating to terrain in the field
-Use and maintain backcountry skiing and snowboarding equipment
-Practice self-care and layering in the winter backcountry environment
-Use beacon, shovel, and probe in avalanche rescue scenarios
-Develop uphill travel techniques including skinning, track setting, and kick turning
-Hone downhill movement skills for powder skiing, navigate challenging snow conditions
-Increase efficiency in transitions between uphill and downhill travel
-Plan a backcountry descent with team members
-Read terrain and find the best snow conditions
-Learn to spot and avoid common avalanche trigger points
-Analyze terrain (slope angle, aspect, terrain hazards)
Please note, this program is structured to serve as a companion course to the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course and should not be considered a replacement to Level 1.
19 (Saturday) 8:00 AM - 20 (Sunday) 5:00 PM