Women’s Intro to Backcountry Skiing

2.5 Days in / (Skill level: Introductory)

Price per person

$545
  • Next Available: Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019

About this trip

Just 8 Spots Available | This women's intro to backcountry skiing clinic introduces the tools and techniques that you'll need to venture into the backcountry on your skis.

Overview

  • skill level

    Introductory

  • Duration

    2.5 Days

General Itinerary:

Evening 1 – 6-9pm – Intro night! Get gear and packs dialed for the first day, meet new friends and goodie bag hand out.

Day 1 – 8am start – First day out. Welcome to backcountry skiing! Increase familiarity and comfort with movements and equipment.

Day 1 evening – optional add-on Gentle Restorative yoga – $25

Day 2 8am start – Review movement and equipment. Learn more efficiency and continue to refine skills.

Day 2 Apré – Early dinner/apps and drinks with the whole crew, location TBD. Each guests responsible for their drinks/meal. Celebrate accomplishments of the past couple days and talk about future trips!

Clinic Overview:
Designed for skiers who love spending time in the mountains riding fresh snow and who want to start traveling in the backcountry. No backcountry experience is necessary. This Intro to Backcountry Skiing course will consist of one intro night and 2 days in the Tahoe Backcountry.

This course will go a bit deeper than a typical single day intro course by providing two full days of backcountry skills education with AMGA trained guides. This course is a fantastic precursor to a traditional three day avalanche course.

Skiers taking this course should be mentally and physically prepared to spend the whole day outside in winter elements hiking and skiing. We will pace ourselves, but the days are full! We will search for the best conditions but the weather can be variable. The skiing experience and positive attitude each individual brings to the course will enhance the weekend.

Skills covered:

  • Familiarity with backcountry skiing equipment
  • Transitioning to ski mode from walk mode
  • Various techniques for efficient uphill travel
  • How to use avalanche safety equipment: beacon, shovel and probe
  • What to bring in your pack
  • How to pack your bag
  • Managing gear in the elements
  • Layering clothes
  • Skills taught are an ideal prerequisite to enrolling in an AVY 1 course

Preparation

  • Fitness

    Good physical fitness is recommended. At a minimum, skiers should be able to ski multiple laps in ungroomed terrain, and hike for up to an hour while carrying a light pack.

  • Technical Experience

    Intermediate and Advanced skiers. Skiers must be competent in a variety of terrain and snow conditions. Skiers must be able to link turns on ungroomed runs while maintaining control. This is comparable to skiing ungroomed black diamond terrain confidently.

    • Intro Night — Get dialed in | 6-9pm

      Intro night! Get gear and packs dialed for the first day, meet new friends and goodie bag hand out.

    • Day 1 — Get out there | 8am

      First day out. Welcome to splitboarding! Increase familiarity and comfort with movements and equipment.

    • Day 2 — Review and Refine | 8am

      Review movement and equipment. Learn more efficiency and continue to refine skills.
      Sunday Apré: Early dinner/apps and drinks with the whole crew, location TBD. Each guests responsible for their drinks/meal. Celebrate accomplishments of the past couple days and talk about future trips!

    • Do I need experience to be a part of this clinic?

      You must be able to turn confidently and ski black diamond terrain in all conditions.

    • How much hiking will we do?

      Be prepared to spend 6 hours in the winter elements at and above 6200’ while climbing/hiking. We will hike for about 3-4 hours per day, about 1500’ vertical gain.

    • Is previous avalanche education required?

      No avalanche education is required. This clinic is the perfect prerequisite for an AVY 1 course. The goal of this course is to prepare you to enroll in an avalanche course equipped with confidence in both your gear and skills, so that during the AVY 1, all of your energy can be focused on learning about avalanche safety.

    • Do I need avalanche gear?

      Yes, you need to have a beacon, probe, shovel and backpack. Avalanche gear is available to rent through Alpenglow Expeditions.

    • Is lunch included?

      Each person is responsible for their own food, snacks and drinks.

Logan Talbott

director of operations / chief guide

Logan has been guiding professionally for over a decade in the disciplines of Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering. When not out guiding, Logan keeps things running smoothly as the director of operations at Alpenglow Expeditions. From one day ascents of El Capitan to big Alpine climbs in the Himalaya, from ski descents on Denali to backyard ski tours in Lake Tahoe, he can’t help but smile when out running around the hills. Logan is a fully certified AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide, an Avalanche course leader with AIARE, as well as a wilderness EMT. In addition to guiding, Logan has extensive experience in mountain rescue, having worked for rescue teams in both Yosemite and Denali National Parks, and volunteering locally for Tahoe Nordic SAR. When not out in the hills, he lives in Truckee, CA with his lovely wife Lynette and daughter Maggie.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Ray Hughes

Ray is an IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide. His passion for the mountains ignited while growing up in Northern California, exploring the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, followed by years honing his mountain skills in Colorado and Switzerland. As one of our core guides, Ray brings the same excitement to guiding and instructing in Lake Tahoe as skiing and alpine guiding in Europe to expeditions anywhere in the world. Sharing experiences, culture, and beautiful places with others blurs the line between work and play.

He is an AIARE Avalanche Course Leader and an American Avalanche Association professional member. Ray also works as a snow safety consultant for professional winter sport athletes and photographers.

He was a 4 x All American in Track and Field and the 250th American to ever run the Mile under 4:00, but now enjoys being an average trail jogger.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Ben Mitchell

Ben has been in love with the mountains from a young age. He began hiking and skiing with his family and quickly decided he never wanted to stop. After finishing university in Portland, OR Ben moved back to Washington State and began guiding on Mt. Rainier and around the Cascades. For the next many years he followed the seasons, skiing, climbing and pursuing the art of human flight through out the world. He has made expeditions into both polar circles, skied first descents in Afghanistan and climbed throughout the Americas and Europe. When not looking forward to the next adventure he thoroughly enjoys roasting coffee, reading and taking his dog out for walks.

Ben is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide, Certified Level III Avalanche Professional, and Wilderness First Responder.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Ben Weaver

Ben comes to guiding after being a professional ski patroller for several years. Three of those seasons were spent working as part of the snow safety department. He is a member of the AMGA, has his AIARE level 3 certification and is also an AIARE 1 instructor. Ben has spent three spring climbing seasons in Alaska volunteering with the National Park climbing rangers on Denali. He has skied all over the Western US and Canada and has ski descents on Mt Baker, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and Mt Hood. He has also done several single and multiple day objectives in the North Cascades, Sawtooths, and Sierra. Ben has a Master’s Degree in Anesthesia and he works as a CRNA in the summer months.

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