Winter Camping Course - Foothills - 2020

Backcountry Skiing, Scrambling & Snowshoeing Course

Winter Camping Course - Foothills

Winter Camping Course - Foothills

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 Learn to make a comfortable overnight camp in the snow.  This winter camping course will focus on the practical aspects of safe tent camping.  We will not be building elaborate snow caves, but you will learn how to make emergency snow shelters in about an hour.

The course is comprised of an evening lecture and a snow camping field trip. We are offering one field trip for snowshoers and one field trip for backcountry skiers.

Course content will include:

  • planning and site selection
  • how to set up a winter camp
  • winter gear and clothing requirements
  • winter cooking and menu planning
  • obtaining and managing water
  • winter hazards and first aid

The course lecture will be an evening event at a venue on the East Side. A gear demonstration table will be set up so you can talk with experienced winter campers before and after the lecture about gear needs and options.

Field trip dates and locations are subject to change based on winter snowfall and depth. Graduation from the course will require completion of the lecture and at least one field trip.

Although we anticipate some sharing of gear among our groups for the field trips, some specialized winter camping gear will be required.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment


  • 10 Essentials
  • Snowshoes or skis (randonnée, alpine touring, telemark)
  • Overnight pack - approximately 50L in capacity
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures

Group Gear

  • Stove
  • Shovel, probe
  • 4-season tent
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.