Backcountry Touring Field Trip 1

Field trip: Backcountry Touring Course

Backcountry Touring Field Trip 1 - Alpental Ski Area

Field Trip 1

  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft


Field trip #1 - Basic backcountry travel skills Students will demonstrate that they have all necessary gear and means to carry it Practice :

1. Touring movement skills

  • 1. Keep your skins cold and moisture free before you tour
  • 2. Drag ski, don’t pick it up
  • 3. Use risers when needed
  • 4. Loosen bootstraps when going up hill
  • 5. With loose snow, stomp\compact snow when laying skin track\steep track
  • 6. If you’ll need crampons, put them on before you need them

2. Kick turns

  • 1. Kick heel
  • 2. Shove downhill ski tail under the uphill ski to bring the center of gravity closer to you

3. Transitions

  • 1. If the skins are icing up, scrape them across the ski edge
  • 2. Stuff skins in jacket to help prevent icing
  • 3. Show two different standing transitions

Alpental Ski Area

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard back country touring equipment. See course gear check list.

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