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Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate III

1500 ft. to 1800 ft. elevation gain.

Intro to backcounty skiing (alpine touring or telemarking)

You've heard about alpine touring, also called Randonee or AT or even ski mountaineering.  Or perhaps you are an in bounds telemarker who wants to get comfortable skiing in the backcountry.  This is your chance to check if this kind of skiing is for you.  Snowboarders on split boards are welcome too, though I, the instructor, can't help you much with the finer points of going uphill or downhill. Club members with more advanced skills are welcome, but don't expect anything steep or challenging.

There are two parts to this trip.  First, a Wednesday evening at my house around 7pm where we will disect everyone's pack and gear, and prepare for the day trip the following Saturday, when our objective will be to ski Jughandle mountain, East of Lakefork, near McCall.  The slopes there are moderate, mostly free of avalanche hazard, and provide plenty of opportunity to tune your setup and your traveling technique on the ski in.  

This trip will not be primarily about avalanche safety, though we will be discussing safe route selection and avi awareness.  Beacons, shovels and probes are NOT required, but if you want to bring yours we can certainly practice with them.  That will depend upon the group we end up with.  The trip will be primarily about how to travel efficiently, how to stay warm but not too warm, and how to avoid hassles like blisters.  

Skiers should be comfortable making functional turns on 25 degree slopes, with trees, with difficult snow.  But our snow will be 12" of blower pow with sunshine, right?


A good day at Jughandle

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:00am - 7:30pm
Event Contact: 

 Jim Pace.  Email me  at mccallboater  at gmail dot com and I'll send you my phone number and address.

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