Intro to Backcountry Skiing Overnight

SRC Member: $100.00 Chinook Member: $100.00 Non-Member: $150.00
ItemId: 188762

Schedule Sat 8:00 AM - 11:59 PM Outdoor Recreation Center Lobby
Sun 12:00 AM - 7:00 PM Outdoor Recreation Center Lobby
 

Registration: Dec 1 2022 - Feb 5 2023

Class Dates: Feb 11 2023 - Feb 12 2023

Class is full.

Description

This course is designed for proficient downhill skiers/snowboarders with (little to plenty of) backcountry skiing/splitboarding experience, eager to advance their backcountry touring skills. This course takes place on Mt. Spokane, where you’ll learn/review how to skin up and ski down slopes in a resort environment. Learn from qualified instructors about the equipment necessary for winter backcountry travel, how to interpret local mountain weather forecasts and avalanche advisory information, how to assess avalanche terrain, and ways to manage risks while maximizing the fun factor. Trip rating is Level 2. Good physical conditioning is required. Participants should be capable skiers and boarders, comfortable maneuvering on steep slopes and in trees. Proficiency skiing blue squares to black diamond runs, and prior backpacking or winter travel experience recommended. No prior avalanche rescue course or training required. Cost includes: overnight accommodations at the Spokane Mountaineers' Chalet, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe, alpine touring skis or splitboard, skins, boots, transportation, and instructors. All participants are responsible for bringing their own food, water, and backcountry ski appropriate clothing, as well as reserving backcountry skis/splitboard, skins, boots, helmet, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, pack, headlamp, and other gear suitable for backcountry skiing. Equipment reservations may be made through the ORC’s Rental Shop after you have registered. There is no additional cost for rental equipment, but it is on you to reserve this equipment through the Rental Shop and pick it up prior to the program - supplies are limited. ***Please purchase a Mt. Spokane Uphill Pass prior to trip, cost is $50. This is a season pass (there are no day passes; however, it is cheaper than a lift tickets and works for the rest of the season). Passes can be purchased here https://www.mtspokane.com/uphill-travel There will be a mandatory classroom session and pre-trip meeting Tuesday, February 7, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC trips are often programmed 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 4 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 4 weeks of the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline. If you need to cancel, please email orc@wsu.edu. Participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during an ORC activity. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted in WSU vehicles/vessels or at campsites (or other accommodations) at any time. Depending on the severity of infraction of rules and policies, a range of disciplinary actions may take place from a verbal warning to removal from activity, contacting local authorities, and the office of student conduct. The Outdoor Recreation Center programs have a minimum participation required for each trip. If the trip or clinic does not have enough participants or faces hazardous weather conditions, the program may be cancelled or subject to change at the discretion of the ORC Coordinator.