This is an intensive, 3-day, field-based seminar designed to take your backcountry ski / snowboard mountaineering to the next level. A precursor for ski objectives in the Tetons, Rainier, Denali or the Alps, the course also enables participants to ski incredible peaks and couloirs in the Wasatch Mountains. We will teach and practice skills for safe climbing and skiing on big and steep terrain.
Techniques covered include the use of ice axe, boot and ski crampons; ropes, knots, anchors and rappelling; glacial navigation and crevasse rescue; belayed climbing and skiing; reading snow and terrain; avalanche hazard evaluation and mitigation; and steep skiing. The program is offered in late March when the Utah snowpack is typically deep and strong enough for ski mountaineering objectives.
The first day will focus on skills, which while on days 2 and 3, these skills will be applied to the ascent and descent of couloirs, such as those in Wolverine Cirque, and peaks like Toledo, Superior and the Pfeifferhorn, depending on weather, snow conditions, etc.
UMA Lead Guide and author of Backcountry Skiing Utah, Tyson Bradley, will instruct the seminar. He has made first ski descents on Denali’s Wickersham Wall, Mt. Fairweather, etc. and has guided descents of Grand Teton, NW Couloir of Pfeifferhorn and more.
Participants should be comfortable skiing advanced terrain in un-groomed snow and willing to skin and boot 3,000 feet + per day.
|March 22 - 24, 2017|
Thur, Fri & Sat
8am-4pm each day
Salt Lake City, Utah
$599 pp+tax for the three days, minimum of 3, Alta lift ticket included, if applicable
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