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Date Saturday  2/2/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Field Trip Intro to Nordic Backcountry Skiing
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Scott Farquhar
Member Price Free
Available Participants 12
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate I
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 140


The meeting place and time will be e-mailed to participants a couple of days before the trip

For more info Contact

Scott Farquhar -




Steve Dielman and Scott Farquhar will co-lead this trip.

Note this is the Field Trip associated with the Intro to Nordic Backcountry Skiing Clinic, you must be signed up for the classroom to attend the Field Trip. We will discuss equipment in the classroom session, but you should at least have skis with metal edges, if you already have "skins" that would also help during the field trip. Jax has a number of metal-edged Alpina Discovery skis (102-64-87) with Rotafella NNN-BC bindings available for daily rental.  During a recent trip to the shop there were ~3-6 pair in each of the following lengths: 148, 158, 168 and 178. They rent these as a package with boots and poles for $30/day, its possible to reserve in advance, and pickup the evening before does not count as a day.  Kicker skins not available to rent. 

See details included in the Classroom Activity on the Fort Collins Schedule for January 30th. There is a $10 fee for the Clinic that is waived for active Trip Leaders. People that take the clinic and become Trip Leaders in 2019 will be reimbursed. Note this clinic is NOT a begining Cross Country session, to sign up participants should already feel comfortable on-trail using narrower lightweight trail skis or the wider BCX skis.

The field trip will occur in the Poudre Canyon near Cameron Pass. The exact location will be determined when the leaders have a better idea of snow conditions. 

During the trip the group will practice the various techniques of off-trail travel.  We will look for differing snow characteristics to ski, and variable terrain to practice trail breaking, climbing, descending with & without making turns, getting up after a fall, etc.  We will drive to a couple of locations near Cameron Pass to point out hazards and discuss how to manage them. We will also point out areas that have avalanche potential. 





You must contact Scott Farquhar to register for this Clinic