Enjoy three days with the ORC on The Annual Backcountry Ski Trip. This trip has become one of the ORC’s signature multi-day trips, programmed for more years than staff here can recall! On Friday we will drive to the beautiful Wallowa Mountains of Oregon where we will be hiking/skinning up to Wing Ridge Hut, where we will stay for two nights.
The huts include a wood stove, and composting toilet. This trip is a level 3 trip, so it is recommended for competent skiers and boarders with prior backpacking and/or winter travel experience. Snowboarders, alpine touring/randonee, and telemarkers are all welcome to join in this always memorable event! Participants will have opportunity to ski, snowboard, and play in the winter environment pending avalanche conditions. Please be aware certain components of this course may be physically and mentally demanding. In particular, weather conditions will be cold, cotton clothing is strongly discouraged as it does not retain the body’s heat when wet. Additionally, skiing will place excess physical demands upon your body.
The mandatory pre-trip meeting is on Wednesday January 28th at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center Lobby. To go on this trip, we recommend that you also attend the Intro to Snow Safety Clinic and an Avalanche Beacon Practice Clinic prior to the trip.
Trip cost includes; group gear, camping equipment, transportation, cost of hut, and trip leader(s). Alpine touring skis and split boards are not available for rent at the ORC. Food is NOT included. If you need to rent a backcountry ski set-up, check in locally at Hyperspud Sports in Moscow.
In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.
• Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund.
• Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund.
• Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
Trip rating is a Level 3
Participants should be comfortable skiing, at a minimum, on groomed intermediate terrain.