Intro to Ski Touring & Split Boarding-Part II of Backcountry Education Level 1
- Evening Lectures 7:30 @ Second Ascent: Dec 30; Jan 13; Feb 10
- Field Dates 2016: Jan 2-3, 16-17; Feb 13-14,
- Duration: 3
- Level: Beginner
- Client Ratio: 5:1
- – $295
- With AIARE Level 1 – $545
- 1 Day – $200
- Included: 2 evening lecture and field instruction and fresh tracks!.
- Not Included: Transportation to field location, transceivers, shovels, probes or touring equipment. A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants.
Field Day 1
Snoqualmie Pass or Mt Baker Ski Area. Arrive 8:00 am and get ready for the day. Meet at 8:30am, perform a gear check, do introductions, and then start our tour we planned on Wed. We work on skin technique, kick turns and route finding thru avalanche terrain.
Field Day 2
We continue our education with a full day tour focusing on Terrain Management, Track Setting, and more advanced transceiver techniques. We bring all the skills together and move into Tour Planning, Map And Compass Navigation.
- Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets*
- Skis or snowboard.Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
- Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots *(Available for rental @Pro Ski Service)
- Snowshoes for snowboarders *(Available for rental @Second Ascent)
- Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
- Avalanche Beacon This needs to be Triple Antenna. *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Shovel Small collapsible style *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer*(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats
- Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
- Soft Shell
- 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
- 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
- Shell gloves or mitts
- Warm hat Wool or synthetic
- Balaclava or Buff
- Shade hat or baseball cap
- 1 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 1 pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- Soft shell pants with Schoeller fabrics
- Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- Internal frame pack 2000-2500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight
- Sunglasses 100% UV protection
- Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc.
- Lip balm At least SPF 20,
- Sunscreen At least SPF 40
- Headlamp compact LED
- 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
- Lunch & snack food (no more than 2 pounds)