On radical terrain and demanding snow conditions lightweight nordic equipment becomes very difficult to use effectively. The additional support of alpine touring equipment can allow skiers to enjoy descents that would otherwise be too difficult.
The first day’s objective will be to evaluate your alpine skiing technique, make whatever adjustments might be required, then adapt your skiing to conditions we encounter in the backcountry. We’ll also cover the use of climbing skins and ski trip planning.
Our goal for the second day will be to climb and ski one of the open slide tracks, streambeds or glades in the area. We'll select our objective based upon snow conditions, your skill and many other factors.
This course is for advanced/expert skiers who can comfortably ski “most difficult” trails at an alpine (downhill) ski area. Good fitness and appropriate equipment are also required.