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Date Monday  1/6/2014
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Pikes Peak Intro to Backcountry Skiing
Start Time 12:00 AM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Eric Hunter
Co-Leader Richard Keetch
Group Price $50.00
Available Participants 6
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Colorado Springs

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Eric Hunter


Learn the gear, maintenance, safety and entry level techniques for backcountry skiing.  BC Skiing is a great way to enjoy the wilderness with a little more skill and finesse, yet it is still a wonderful way of beating the ever rising resort lift ticket fees and crowds.  There will be two classroom and three field sessions for the BC Ski class.  The cost is $50 for the classroom sessions and handouts.  There are also rental costs if you don’t own the gear and a trail pass for one day at a Nordic Center.  BC Ski classroom dates are 6 and 9 Jan from 6:00p to 9:30p in Colorado Springs, and the field dates are 12, 19, and 26 Jan all day.  A general fitness level to go on a full day ski trip is required for the field sessions.  The first classroom is the same as the snowshoe class.  The focus of this course is on learning efficient balance and weight transfer to manage an effective kick and glide, so the target audience is beginner backcountry skiers.   


   Class 1 Handouts
Sources of information for planning
Avalanche Awareness
What to wear
What to bring
Winter Hazards
Conclusion - what to think about 

   Class 2 Equipment types and variations
Application of each equipment type
Gear Care
Techniques for ascent, descent, and group travel

   Field Session 1 Nordic Center to learn balance and weight transfer on Classic Track gear.  Possibly spend afternoon touring to practice

   Field Session 2 Packed road to practice endurance, turns, and stopping on NNN-BC gear 

   Field Session 3 Packed trail to practice endurance, turns, and stopping on Cable binding gear 

There is a $10 cancellation fee.
No Shows will not be refunded.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.