Chicks Backcountry Hut Trip: Feb 13-16, 2020


Course is 5 days from 8:00am-5:00pm. This course is for women only.

  • DatesThursday, February 13th – Monday, February 16th 2020
  • Location: Red Mountain Pass, CO
  • Venue: St. Paul Lodge
  • Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.
  • Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed.

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Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Riding Hut Clinic

Join Chicks and the Silverton Avalanche School on Red Mountain Pass for our 5 day Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Riding Hut Clinic. We will spend two nights at the easily accessible St. Paul Lodge. Under the guidance of an IFMGA/AMGA guide, PSIA and Avalanche Instructor you’ll learn the ups and downs of backcountry skiing in a setting that is perfect for anyone that can ski blue runs on-piste. You’ll gain a solid foundation of basic winter travel skills, safety and avalanche rescue fundamentals as well as tips and coaching to ski well in a variety of backcountry conditions.

This clinic is ideal for women who love to ski, are curious about venturing into the backcountry and want to get a feel for it in a supportive, fun environment. The St. Paul Lodge is a comfortable backcountry ski hut with great lighting and views, a wood burning stove, BBQ grill on the deck and all the essentials to kick back after a day out in the mountains. Your guides will prepare breakfasts and dinners giving you ample time to chill and enjoy each other’s company. Access to the hut is a moderate mile of skinning up a snow covered jeep road with breathtaking views. We use a snowmobile to tote in and out all the food, supplies and overnight equipment so your packs won’t be a burden.

The terrain we use is moderate but fun and includes both alpine slopes above tree-line with open glades and moderate tree skiing below. There are no requirements for previous avalanche education for this clinic simply because we’ll avoid avalanche prone slopes. However, this area is one of the best classrooms anywhere to learn about avalanche safety with some of the most impressive avalanche paths in the country will be visible in the distance. For women interested in taking a Level 1 avalanche course this clinic is the the perfect warm-up. We’ll discuss how to find and interpret an avalanche forecast, the basics of using avalanche rescue equipment as well as how perform daily transceiver checks and carry out a basic companion rescue.

If you are an intermediate or even an expert skier or rider and curious about exploring the beauty and endless potential for untracked terrain, you’ll learn the skills on this clinic to help you do so. We’ll cover a wide range of topics including how a mountain snowpack forms, how to recognize and avoid avalanche terrain, navigating with a map and compass, decision-making and traveling in groups as well as how to manage clothing, temperature and equipment in winter conditions. We’ll teach you how to skin uphill, make an efficient skin track and set a pace that you can maintain for any length of time. You’ll also learn a number of different kick turns for the up, give you tips on how to conserve energy and make transitions from up to down more efficient. Backcountry conditions are typically variable and call for a wide range of tactics to ski or ride confidently and in control. You’ll come away from our clinic with tools to negotiate tricky conditions safely, both increasing your fun factor and reducing your risk of injury in the backcountry.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be more self-reliant in the backcountry and be a good companion on basic backcountry tours.  Our goal is to help you become more confident so you can enjoy a day out in the backcountry and have the tools to recognize and avoid hazardous terrain. For those that take the time to go through these first steps and first tracks, the magic of the backcountry is accessible for a lifetime.

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