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Winter Backcountry Education Level 100, Highschool 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, and the Hahns Peak area. 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.

  • Minimum skiing requirement: Ability to ski the entire ski mountain and a desire to learn to safely access backcountry ski terrain.
  • Equipment requirements: Backcountry ski or snowboard setup with touring bindings (tech fit/ pin recommended), skins, poles, and boots with walk mode. Avalanche safety equipment, including modern 3-antenna beacon (5 years old or less), shovel and probe. Daypack for safety gear along with helmet and goggles, personal first aid kit, and items for day tours. *contact instructor for information on backcountry equipment discounts.
  • Season Pass Information: Howelsen Hill alpine pass needed for lift use plus 1-3 days on Steamboat Resort expected, tickets not included in program fees.
  • Competition information: Optional ski mountaineering competitions may be available during the winter.

November 9 - March 6
*Fall hike Oct 16
*OPTIONAL hut trip March 25,26


Tuesday 4-6pm
Saturday 9am-3pm

PROGRAM FEE: $2,425, plus $350 refundable work deposit
Non-residents: $3,030, plus $350 refundable work deposit

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