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Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Advanced I


1800 ft. to 2500 ft. elevation gain, 15-20 miles.

Inogene Lake Ski Tour

One of our favorite tours in the Sawtooth Wilderness, the ski up to Imogene Lake offers wonderful views and follows an old trail that avoids multiple crossings of an avalanche path.

On Saturday we will drive to the Stanley Basin, park in the Fourth of July Road pullout, ski on a snowmobiled road for about a mile, and then break trail up and across the flats to set up camp near Hell Roaring Lake. On Sunday we will continue up the drainage to Imogene Lake and return to camp. Backcountry skis or telemark gear are appropriate for this trip. Metal shovels, multi-antenna transceivers, probe poles, climbing skins, and winter camping gear are required as are strong intermediate skiing skills - you must be able to ski down through trees. Participants must be keen to contribute to basic avalanche risk management practices including a group beacon check, snowpack analysis, and safe group skiing practices. The parking area is about a 3-hour drive from Boise. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/18/2017 (All day) - Mon, 02/20/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Avalanche Level One Refresher and Companion Rescue Clinic

Keep your skills up to date, the 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol is having two, almost free, classes this weekend. Both classes are this weekend at Soldier Mountain and if you have a Bogus Basin pass you can ski for free on Friday at Soldier Mountain.

Avalanche Level One refresher, $15 for NSP members. If you are not an NSP member you can obtain an Associate Membership for $60. A link to sign up and get more info can be found on our Facebook events page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/705003156342145/

Companion Rescue Clinic, this class is free for all NSP members. An NSP membership or Associate membership is required. More info at our Facebook event page, link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/604376703097612/

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/17/2016 (All day) - Sun, 12/18/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Imogene Lake Ski Tour

One of our favorite tours in the Sawtooth Wilderness that we have not done for several years, the ski up to Imogene Lake offers wonderful views and follows an old trail to prevent multiple crossings of an avalanche path.

On Saturday we will drive to the Stanley Basin, park in the Fourth of July Road pullout, ski on a snowmobiled road for about a mile, and then follow a trail up and across the flats to set up camp near Hell Roaring Lake. On Sunday we will continue up the drainage to Imogene Lake and return to camp. Backcountry skis or telemark gear are appropriate for this trip. Shovels, multi-antenna transceivers, probe poles, climbing skins, and winter camping gear are required as are strong intermediate skiing skills - you must be able to ski down through trees. The parking area is about a 3-hour drive from Boise. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:00am - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl of Judi (208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com) to sign up.

Winter Weekend in McCall

Have you ever been playing in the snow near McCall and wished you could stay another day? This is your chance! We have reserved a heated bunkhouse on the shores of Payette Lake. The rustic log structure is adjacent to plowed parking and will cost less than $20 per person for both nights with full occupancy.

We will drive from Boise on Friday afternoon (about 110 miles, 2.5 hours). Saturday and Sunday are open for activities depending on the group: snowshoe or ski to the adjacent Ponderosa State Park or at one of the other nearby groomed areas (trail fees), tour the Winter Carnival snow sculptures, ski at Brundage (lift pass) or join us for backcountry skiing.

Folks who join us for backcountry skiing must have avalanche training, probe, beacon, shovel, climbing skins, strong intermediate ski skills, and backcountry touring skis, Telemark gear or an Alpine touring/Randonee set up.

In the past we formed a subgroup of people interested in track skiing and/or snowshoeing, and a subgroup interested in backcountry skiing who could also track/skate ski. We can be flexible about destinations depending on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions.

We will have an education/training aspect to this event depending on activities: avalanche field session, snow shelter construction, and/or winter safety review.

Deadline to sign up is February 3.

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:00pm - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (jsteciak at hotmail dot com, or (208) 859-2503) to sign up

Winter Solstice Backcountry Ski Tour

Join us for a day of backcountry skiing, exact destination TBD depending on where we think the best conditions will be. Participants need avalanche beacons (with multiple antennas), probes, shovels, avalanche training, and climbing skins. Telemark gear, alpine touring, or split-boards are all appropriate for this trip. As usual, we'll do beacon checks and snowpack assessment; if you have not been out this season yet, before the trip remember to review all the stuff you forgot over the summer.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (carlhamke at hotmail dot com, or (208) 859-2503) to sign up

Pioneers Ski Tour #2

Join us for a second tour in the scenic Pioneer Range.  On Saturday, we'll ski about 5 miles along a road that will likely be tracked and/or snowmobiled, then continue another ~ 2 miles further and camp.  Sunday we'll explore terrain in the drainage.  Monday we'll break camp and ski out. 

 

Participants must have winter camping experience and gear (including a 4-season tent, sleeping bag, winter stove), climbing skins, avalanche training, avalanche gear (beacons, probes, shovel), and strong intermediate ski skills.  Waxless, shaped backcountry touring skis are the most appropriate gear for the trip. 

 

Total ~20 miles and up to 5,000 ft. cumulative elevation gain.  About 3.5 hour drive from Boise.  No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/16/2013 - 6:00am - Mon, 02/18/2013 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Call Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up.

Pioneers Ski Tour

Join us for a tour into the picturesque Pioneers from the EF Wood River near Hailey.  The first few miles will likely be snowmobiled; the rest of our tour will be off-trail and we will likely be breaking trail. 

 

We'll leave Boise early on Saturday morning for the 3-hour drive to the winter parking area, ski in about 5 miles (with 2,000 ft elevation gain), and camp in a sheltered spot.  On Sunday we will explore slopes in the Hyndman Basin and Duncans Basin and enjoy turns on the way back to camp.  Monday we will pack up and ski out. 

 

Shaped, metal-edged waxless backcountry touring skis are the best option for this tour, but alpine touring/randonee gear will suffice.  Partipants need strong intermediate ski skills, avalanche training and gear (shovels, probes, beacons) in addition to climbing skins, winter camping experience/gear including a 4-season tent and sleeping bag.  No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/19/2013 - 6:00am - Mon, 01/21/2013 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Call Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up.

backcountry day ski trip to North of Idaho City

Destination is a powder pocket N of Idaho City.  We will probably end up at Pilot's Peak or thereabouts, but it's up to the trip leader to detmine the final destination, depending upon avi conditions and preferences of the participants.   This is a trip for folks comfortable with a shovel, probe and a beacon and climbing skins.  You will bring your own.  Advanced 1 skill level, according to our club description, covers the amount of vertical we plan on, but 15-25 miles?  Are you kidding?  More like 4 or 5 max.

 

Participants should be relatively comfortable climbing a two to three thousand vertical feet over the course of the day, ski 30 degree slopes in not perfect snow between the trees.  Call or email Jim Pace, trip leader, for details about where to meet.  Expect to meet up around 7:30am on Saturday.  I've found out I need to be back in Boise by 4:30pm, so it won't be a long day or me, at least.  Assistance leadership may develop to have one car return early and another by nightfall.  We'll see.

 

Jim

 

 

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/03/2012 - 7:00am - 4:30pm
Event Contact: 

Jim 

 

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mccall boater (all one word) at gmail  

Backcountry Ski

The extended forecasts are predicting snow in the mountains earlier this week: time for backcountry skiing.  Dust off your skis and join us at one of the powder pockets north of Idaho City - destination TBD depending on where we think the best conditions will be - and get some turns in.  Telemark, Alpine touring/Randonee, split boards, or shaped backcountry touring skis are appropriate for this trip.  Beacons, probes, shovel, climbing skins and strong intermediate ski skills are required.  About 1.5 hours from Boise.  No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/18/2011 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Call Carl or Judi at 859-2503 to sign up.

Winter Weekend in McCall

Have you ever been playing in the snow near McCall and wished you could stay another day? This is your chance! We have reserved an 8-person heated bunkhouse on the shores of Payette Lake. The rustic log structure is adjacent to plowed parking and will cost less than $20 per person for both nights with full occupancy. 
 
We will drive from Boise on Friday afternoon (about 110 miles, 2.5 hours). Saturday and Sunday are open for activities depending on the group: snowshoe or ski to the adjacent Ponderosa State Park or at one of the other nearby groomed areas (trail fees), walk a long mile to McCall to view the Winter Carnival snow sculptures, ski at Brundage (lift pass) or join us for backcountry skiing in the Lick Creek Range. Folks who join us for backcountry skiing must have a probe, beacon, shovel, climbing skins, strong intermediate ski skills, and backcountry touring skis, Telemark gear or an Alpine touring/Randonee set up. No dogs, please.
 

The trip is full!  Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.  If enough extra people sign up, we will reserve a second bunkhouse.
 
At present we have a subgroup of people interested in track skiing and/or snowshoeing, and a subgroup interested in backcountry skiing who could also track ski.  We can be flexible about destinations depending on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions. 

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/27/2012 - 2:00pm - Sun, 01/29/2012 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Call Carl or Judi at 859-2503 for more information. A non-refundable deposit for the bunkhouse will be collected when you sign up.
 

 

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