BACKCOUNTRY BASICS: guided HUT TRIPS, intro to SKI TOURING, and TRIP PLANNING & BEACON WORKSHOP

We host a range of winter trips and courses that suite all of your backcountry needs. Looking to get into the backcountry for the first time this winter? You will experience the backcountry in an enjoyable, supportive, and fun manner! 

 
 
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McNamara Hut Trip - Backcountry Skiing & Yoga Adventure

  • $685
  • March 6 - 8th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Spend three unforgettable days in the beautiful Colorado backcountry ski touring, gaining more experience in the backcountry, and relaxing in a cozy hut with evening and morning yoga sessions taught by local adventurer and splitboarder Arielle Shipe. Arielle is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 yoga and meditation teacher and her moto is Work Hard, Play Hard, Rest Hard and that is exactly what participants will be doing!

Participants will also learn the process of getting an appropriate hut booked, planning the menu, who to invite, what to expect at the hut, and how to make it a comfortable, fun, and safe outing for friends and family. Eat delicious and nutritious hut-cooked food and enjoy the special sort of camaraderie found only in the mountains.

Days will be filled with skiing or snowboarding, and avalanche safety and evenings will be filled with connecting with new friends, laughing, and relaxing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • How to properly pack and fully prepare for a multi-day hut trip
  • Learn about backcountry navigation
  • Be able to execute a companion rescue

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are excited and ready to experience a multi-day hut trip
  • You have never been on a hut trip and want to learn how to trip plan, route find, and gain basic avalanche awareness
  • You want to connect with ladies from all over and have the time of your life!

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe on intermediate to advanced terrain, and must and bring their own touring equipment.

DETAILS

  • 3 days, 2 nights
  • Morning and evening yoga and meditation sessions
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent
  • Leave from Aspen, Colorado
  • Gear check night of March 5th

Send us a note at lbb@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 
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Intro to Ski & Snowboard Touring

  • $145
  • January 20th, 2018
  • February 3rd, 2018
  • February 17th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Take a safe, educational, and fun leap into the backcountry! During this one day casual and comfortable tour, we will discuss standards for day-trip planning with pack and gear recommendations as well as assessing group dynamics for travel in the backcountry. The setting will be in an environment where potential hazards will not impact the learning process. Experience first hand how to assess, recognize and avoid avalanche terrain while learning to travel efficiently and safely in the backcountry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Once the tour is over, participants will:

  • Know how to use touring equipment and be able to transition from touring to ski mode
  • Gain knowledge of basic terrain and route management
  • Gain tips a trick on how to efficiently and effectively travel in the backcountry
  • Know how to properly pack and plan for a day in the backcountry

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are ready to take your skiing or snowboarding skills off the groomers in a fun and safe environment
  • You want to learn how to properly and efficiently use snow touring set ups and what essentials to pack for a day in the backcountry

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour or splitboard on intermediate to advanced terrain, and feel comfortable skiing or riding downhill on a touring set up Participants must bring their own touring equipment

DETAILS

  • Day course
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent
  • Location: the Aspen area. Will depend on current avalanche conditions

Send us a note at lbb@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 
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Trip Planning & Beacon Workshop

  • $145
  • December 16th, 2017
  • January 13th, 2018
  • January 27, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Whether you are just getting into the backcountry or have years of experience, this one day workshop serves as the perfect pre-backcountry trip prep or refresher. We will go over what it takes to fully prepare for a day in the backcountry so you and your partner can have an enjoyable and safe time. We will also go over how to properly use a beacon, probe, and shovel in this interactive workshop.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Once the workshop is over, participants will be able to:

  • Assess weather reports, local avalanche bulletins, and routes
  • Know proper snow equipment, gear lists, safety equipment
  • Manage your partner or group in the backcountry
  • Use beacon, probe, and shovel

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are looking to get into the backcountry, tour to a hut, and want basic backcountry skills
  • You are an experienced backcountry traveler and want a pre-backcountry trip planning and avalanche safety equipment refresher

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe and bring their own touring equipment

DETAILS

  • Richmond Ridge, Aspen Mountain
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent
  • One day lift pass available for purchase

Send us a note at lbb@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!