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Intermediate Backcountry Basics: Beyond AIARE I

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February 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until February 20, 2020

Available 2 Refundable Deposit $100

Venue

North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center
100 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145 United States
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Website:
https://www.gotahoenorth.com/
Led By:

Will Sperry

Tail Guide(s)

Adam Selby

Description:

So you’ve taken your AIARE 1 avalanche safety course …. but now what? It’s quite common for backcountry enthusiasts to get “stuck” after their AIARE 1, when in actuality this is the best time to further your skills! In our two day “Intermediate Backcountry Basics: Beyond AIARE 1,” Will Sperry of Alpenglow Expeditions will take the concepts and tools learned in your foundational class and bridge the gap between theory, execution and debrief. The goal of this intermediate workshop is to set the user up for success at an AIARE 2 class. Please note that you must have completed your AIARE 1 class in order to participate in this event and you must attend BOTH days of the event in order to register.

The first day will consist of a classroom session where the group will review the avalanche forecasts published by the Sierra Avalanche Center that morning. In addition to scrutinizing the forecast, the group will take a deep dive into understanding the current snow pack, predicted weather and use BOTH to plan a tour for the next day.

In the second day of this two-day Intermediate Backcountry Basics, the group will travel to a determined trailhead and execute the planned tour, explicitly attempting to gather more information previewed in the SAC forecast, all while mitigating hazards of the day. Upon execution of the tour and a successful descent, the group leader will facilitate a debrie to discuss the day and the lessons learned therein.

Mountain Festival Backcountry Basics workshops are designed to give beginners and intermediates a comfortable, safe and educational introduction into what it means to be a responsible backcountry skier/rider. There are several types of Backcountry Basics workshops: some are 100% classroom-based, some have a mix of classroom and field components and some are conducted 100% in the field during while short mini-tours. While jumping directly into a beginner tour is perhaps more glamorous than an educational workshop, we feel strongly that beginner and intermediate backcountry skiers and riders need a solid foundational skill set BEFORE heading into the field.

At Mountain Festival, our goal is to make sure that beginners and intermediates have an opportunity to build the requisite skill set in order to be responsible, safe and efficient backcountry travelers. Please note that Backcountry Basics workshops are significantly different than a beginner tour. Those new to the sport are STRONGLY encouraged to register for Backcountry Basics workshops BEFORE joining any beginner tour.

In addition to the skill development component of our Backcountry Basics workshops, we also feel strongly about educating those new to the sport about issues that transcends in-the-field skills, namely leave-no-trace ethics, skin track AND parking etiquette, human-powered access issues, climate change and more. Not only will you depart a Backcountry Basics workshop with an enhanced skill set, you will be made aware of some very pressing issues affecting the backcountry landscape in Lake Tahoe.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Completion of AIARE 1 Avalanche Course
  • Backcountry Ski/Splitboard Touring Equipment
  • Avalanche Safety Items: Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • A FORMAL EQUIPMENT LIST WILL BE SENT TO YOU IN EARLY JANUARY.

IF YOU DO NOT FIT THIS CRITERIA PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER!

Discounted demo equipment will be made available to registered participants via email by mid January. ​
Participants must possess their own avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, pack) and requisite backcountry touring gear (skis, splitboards, bindings, boots, skins, poles, etc.) Please no snowshoes, metal-edge (fish-scale) touring equipment, or dogs.

Physical Requirements:

  • ADVANCED RESORT SKIING CAPABILITY
  • Ability to confidently descend "black diamond" OFF PISTE (note: NOT just a groomer) terrain at a ski resort.
  • Strong physical condition and ability to comfortably hike uphill for over 3,500 vertical feet.
  • Participants must be prepared for 6-8 hours in the field.
  • IF YOU DO NOT FIT THIS CRITERIA PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER!

IF YOU DO NOT FIT THIS CRITERIA PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER!

Sponsored by Elan
Sponsored by Mammut

*PLEASE NOTE! In the spirit of inclusivity we are limiting participants to four tours. This does not include workshops, Backcountry Basics, etc. Registration for most events requires a deposit, which varies from $25-$100, that is refunded upon participation. Cancellations are not allowed after February 1st and all calendar adjustments prior to February 1st are subject to a $10 adjustment fee. Any excess garnered from the cancellation policy will be donated to Protect Our Winters and the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.

**Please also note that you will be sent a complete equipment list for each individual event by the middle of January. Additionally, if you have registered for any backcountry tour you will be contacted 72 hours prior to the tour with the exact location. This is irrelevant if your chosen tour stipulates a location, but for others we want to assess the snow and avalanche conditions for others closer to the event. The goal is to show you the best time possible which requires a decision closer to each tour.

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Avalanche Safety
Intermediate
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