Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate I

800 ft. to 1100 ft. elevation gain.


Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate I Trips

Intro to backcountry skiing day trip

Like last year, this trip will introduce you to efficient and safe mountain travel using telemark, alpine touring ranndonee skis (French for "can't telemark") or splitboards.  We will focus on the uphill. What to take, moving as a happy group, that kind of stuff.  Downhill technique...well let us just say there are great instructors up at the ski resorts.  Bring your avi (avalanche) gear if you have it, but if you don't, no problem.


Ski Tour

Let's sample the new snow on the ski trails north of Idaho City. We will link up Gold Fork East and Banner Ridge. Drivers will need Park-n-Ski passes (available at the Chevron station in Idaho City). If the weather forecast suggests that the road is too hazardous, we'll go to Plan B. Our pace will be on the slower side of moderate. No dogs, please.

Winter Camping 101 - Field Session

This is the field session (see the December 3 2012 post for information about the classroom session).


We will leave Boise early on Saturday, drive to the network of logging/mining roads north of Idaho City (drivers will need Park-n-Ski passes, available at the Benchmark and other locations in town and at a gas station in Idaho City).  We will break trail for 4 -5 miles, gain just under 1,000 feet, and camp.  We will tour in the area for the rest of the day.  Sunday morning, we will break camp and ski out.


Ski Tour

Join us for a relaxing ski tour (in sunny spring conditions) around the Banner Ridge Park-n-Ski area north of Idaho City.  The loop is just over 7 miles with 800-900 ft cumulative elevation gain.  Intermediate ski skills and track skis (waxable or waxless) are required.  Vehicles need Park-n-Ski passes, available in Idaho City.  No dogs, please.

First Ski Tour of the Season

If conditions permit, dust off your touring skis and join us breaking trail on old logging and mining roads north of Idaho City if the Park and Ski areas are not groomed yet. Breaking trail is a good way to get in shape for the season and experience non-groomed conditions for backcountry skiing and winter camping (see February). We’ll tour 5 to 7 miles or longer, depending on the group. A Park and Ski pass might be needed depending on snow depth and if the passes are available. No dogs.