High school-aged athletes: The SSWSC Backcountry Program is designed for skiers and riders looking to develop fundamental skills needed for safe, fun, backcountry travel while exploring the backcountry in our region. The program will be led by an experienced backcountry instructor (Lucas Mouttet) and will include AIARE 1 avalanche training certification and wilderness first aid education both in the classroom and in the field. Weekend backcountry trips will include Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat Resort side country, Hahns Peak area and a season-end hut trip. Weekday evening training sessions will be based out of Howelsen Hill with a focus on education and preparation for the upcoming weekend’s adventure. No previous experience is required, but a willingness to do full day touring trips is required.