Women's Intermediate Backcountry

Take your backcountry skiing and splitboarding to the next level with our Women's Intermediate Backcountry Course! Not only will we focus on improving our movement and backcountry skills, we will also focus on leadership and decision making.
Overview
Itinerary
Prerequisites
Inclusions
Gear

We'll cover the following topics and skills:

  • Understanding and communicating the Avalanche Advisory and making moving observations throughout the day
  • More advanced techniques for efficient skinning and track setting, whether you're using alpine touring skis or a splitboard.
  • Navigation - You will plan a tour and practice navigating throughout the day
  • Fundamentals of using your touring gear, whether you're using alpine touring skis or a splitboard
  • Take the lead - If you've never been the leader of your touring group, you're in for a treat! It's a whole new world when you're out front.
  • Communication - Practice speaking up when you might not be the most dominant person in your group or feel uncomfortable.

  • 8:00am - Meet your guide in the field at the designated trailhead

  • 8:15am - Review avalanche hazard rating, gear check, trailhead departure check

  • 8:45am - Begin the course / tour - with lessons and teachable moments along the way

  • 12pm - Lunch on the go

  • 3:30 - Finish tour at the trailhead. Debrief of the day and discuss strengths, areas for improvement, goals, and next steps in your backcountry progression.

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Advanced Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

  • Completed AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue - Course completion certificates from AIARE are required

Here's what's included with your course:

  • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
  • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Ski/Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Guide Gratuities

Ski/Split Touring Gear

  • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
  • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
  • Climbing Skins
  • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
  • Adjustable Touring Poles
Avalanche Safety Gear
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks

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    SKILL LEVELIntermediate
    ELEVATION6,000’-9,000’
    LocationTahoe

    Price $225.00
    Private Programs
    Duration: 1 Day
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    Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

    Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

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    Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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    Full Itinerary
    8:00am Meet your guide in the field at the designated trailhead. The trailhead will be communicated prior to meeting in the field so you can have a chance to practice tour planning and navigation. Throughout the day you will practice: Avalanche Observations Techniques for more efficient skinning and track setting Efficient transitions Navigation Taking the lead Communicating 3:30 Wrap up the tour at the trailhead.

    We'll cover the following topics and skills:

    • Understanding and communicating the Avalanche Advisory and making moving observations throughout the day
    • More advanced techniques for efficient skinning and track setting, whether you're using alpine touring skis or a splitboard.
    • Navigation - You will plan a tour and practice navigating throughout the day
    • Fundamentals of using your touring gear, whether you're using alpine touring skis or a splitboard
    • Take the lead - If you've never been the leader of your touring group, you're in for a treat! It's a whole new world when you're out front.
    • Communication - Practice speaking up when you might not be the most dominant person in your group or feel uncomfortable.

    • 8:00am - Meet your guide in the field at the designated trailhead

    • 8:15am - Review avalanche hazard rating, gear check, trailhead departure check

    • 8:45am - Begin the course / tour - with lessons and teachable moments along the way

    • 12pm - Lunch on the go

    • 3:30 - Finish tour at the trailhead. Debrief of the day and discuss strengths, areas for improvement, goals, and next steps in your backcountry progression.

    Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

    • Advanced Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

    • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 8-10 miles, climbing 2,500 - 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week.

    • Completed AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue - Course completion certificates from AIARE are required

    Here's what's included with your course:

    • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
    • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
    • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
    Not Included
    • Ski/Splitboard Gear
    • Avalanche Gear
    • Guide Gratuities

    Ski/Split Touring Gear

    • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
    • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
    • Climbing Skins
    • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
    • Adjustable Touring Poles
    Avalanche Safety Gear
    • Avalanche Beacon
    • Avalanche Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe
    Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks
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