DEPRECATED Introduction to Backcountry Uphill Travel


DEPRECATED Introduction to Backcountry Uphill Travel - Meany Lodge

Take the tow at Meany then head for the hills!

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  • Sun, Feb 10, 2019
  • Meany Lodge
  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Adults
  • Easy

Take the  8:30 am morning cat to Meany Lodge from Crystal Springs Sno-Park. Clinic begins in Meany Lodge as soon as you arrive at the Lodge.

This experience is for those looking to improve their backcountry skiing skills, especially those relatively new to the activity.   Instructors  have considerable experience in the backcountry on Alpine Touring gear, and will tailor the class to meet the needs and desires of students, and some time is typically spent coaching on techniques for skiing snow conditions and terrain found in the backcountry, and depending on conditions, the slopes at Meany can be ideal for this.  Participants begin the day with an orientation to Meany, its terrain, and learn to safely ride the rope tows.  The group can then ride the tows and take some runs together for a guided exploration of the area. 

The emphasis for most of the rest of the day will be on skills for skinning up the hill, including track angle, route selection, turning, efficient transition and gear issues, such as skins, ski width and ski crampons (bring if you have).  Students should have Alpine Touring (AT) gear, and be at least strong intermediate skiers with some experience skiing in broken or new snow.  (Includes copy of the book  Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, by Volken, Schell and Wheeler, published by The Mountaineers.

Students are encouraged to stay overnight on Saturday and ski with Art on Sunday at no clinic extra fee.  Please see the Meany Lodge page for lodge stay pricing. 


Meany Lodge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring your own Alpine Touring gear and skins, boots and poles! Helmets also recommended. 

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