February 17: Classroom (Virtual) 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
February 18: Field Day 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Traveling in the backcountry is more safe and enjoyable when you understand avalanche hazard and how to move through the mountains efficiently and safely. Have you ever gone out for a day of riding your snowmobile or timbersled, set-up shop for a break, and found yourself mind-surfing lines in the distance to ride on your skis or snowboard? Or maybe you have been touring the backcountry for a couple years, got your first sled and are ready to get further out into the backcountry.. Spend some time in the classroom and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to use a motorized assist to go get out in the backcountry, and score those lines you have been looking at in the distance.
You'll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain, utilize your snowmobile or timbersled to travel in the backcountry in conjunction with ski-touring. The classroom session lasts approximately two hours in which we will cover logistics, answer questions about precourse work, have group discussion, and prepare for the field day.
On your field day, we will spend the day riding and ski-touring the backcountry. We'll assess the snowpack, practice safe route-finding and decision-making, and what it takes to travel safely in the remote backcountry. We encourage all participants to register for a 4-hour Introduction to Avalanche Rescue Course or an 8-hour Avalanche Rescue Course in addition to this 101 class to be better prepared.
Who should take this course?
This class is designed for backcountry skiers and riders who are looking to gain experience using a motorized assist (snowmobile/timbersled) to gain access to more remote and difficult to access zones. To “Sled Ski” requires you and your group to be more prepared for than your typical ski tour, throw a motor into the mix and things get a little more complicated. Not to mention, avalanches, winter weather and the mountains. Learn from the pro’s on how best to use your moto to get you out into the backcountry to get out, get after it, and get home safely.
What is required for this course?
This is an introductory level course and therefore can be your first avalanche education course. For this course, you are required to provide your own snowmobile or timbersled, skis with alpine touring bindings and climbing skins or a splitboard with climbing skins. You’ll also need to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment. If you need to purchase rescue equipment you can do so here. A portion of your sale benefits the Utah Avalanche Center.
- Describe the equipment necessary for motorized and human-powered winter backcountry travel.
- Find and interpret local mountain weather forecasts and avalanche advisory information.
- Differentiate avalanche terrain from terrain where avalanches can not occur.
- Describe a basic process to manage risk for winter backcountry travel.
- Understand the basic functionality of avalanche rescue equipment
*In order to maximize the course experience for you and all students, we recommend that you be fit enough to spend the day hiking uphill with skins on and descending slopes in unpredictable snow conditions.
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