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February 2017 Backcountry Babes AIARE Level 1 course for Women’s Splitboarders brought to you by Underground Snowboards & Burton Colorado. Thanks Ryan Sheetz for the filming. Thank you Brinkley Anne & Johnny Damiano for the support. <3
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February 3rd, 2017: 7 Women-Specific Backcountry Skiing Programs
Backcountry Babes is one of the only dedicated guiding companies that focuses specifically on backcountry skiing and splitboarding for women. For those based on the West Coast (or willing to travel west) they have it all, from beginner backcountry ski tours in Colorado to epic hut trips in British Columbia. The company also offers a slew of AIARE Courses taught specifically by female instructors.
January 9, 2016: Should You Take An All-Women’s Avy Course?
“In the last year, the number of all-women’s avalanche classes has increased. Wait, I take that back. They have only just emerged. Thanks to organizations like SheJumps, and films like Pretty Faces, more women are starting to get outside and into the backcountry. But in traditionally male-dominated sports like skiing and snowboarding, women seem to be met with a challenge when it comes to breaking into backcountry riding. Going out with…” (continue reading)
December 31, 2015: 10 Best Women’s Ski Clinics, Mountain Lovely
“Learn To Ski Or Hone Your Skills In A Women’s Ski Camp – No matter your skill level or age, there is a women’s skiing clinic for you. From the slopes in Colorado to Wyoming to Alaska, there are some great skiing camps for women of all ages and ability level throughout the U.S and internationally. Here are ten of the most popular women’s only ski clinics (most have recurring dates throughout the season)…” (continue reading)
December 16, 2015: G3 Names Avalanche Safety Partners For 2015/16 Season, Ski Industry News
“G3 Genuine Guide Gear Inc. (G3) is partnering for the 2015/16 winter season with numerous guide associations, avalanche forecast centers, and other organizations that promote education and help skiers better enjoy the backcountry experience. The Vancouver, B.C. based manufacturer of backcountry ski and snowboard equipment,G3 is sponsoring the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and Avalanche Canada, while also supporting other backcountry ski-focused organizations…” (continue reading)
October 29, 2015: Women’s ski camps: Five programs designed to push boundaries
“Gone are the days of using “you ski like a girl” as an insult. With the host of women’s ski camps available to females young and old, there are now more opportunities than ever for women to get out and push their boundaries on skis. Whether it’s backcountry skiing or resort shredding, these all-female camps provide the training grounds for experienced skiers who just happen to have two X chromosomes….” (continue reading)
February 13, 2015: 10 of the Best Ski Camps for Women, Teton Gravity Research
“It’s no secret that professional skiing is a sport historically reserved for men. Lucky for us girls, there has been a recent change of attitudes towards women in sports, as Mikaela Shiffrin brings home gold medals at an age where most girls are worrying about what to wear to their senior prom. Angel Collinson destroys the boys in her TGR segment, and Lynsey Dyer crowdsources and produces a ski movie that features girls who rip. This generational change is clearing the way for ladies of all ages to get out there and send it huge. As much fun as it is to ski with the boys, sometimes we just get tired of waiting at the base for them to catch up. Lucky for us women, there are a huge variety of women’s-specific camps that give you the chance ride with your fellow girls while learning in a pressure free environment…” (continue reading)
January 23, 2015: Mapping the Top 11 Avalanche Classes for Adventure Seekers, Curbed Ski
“Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is booming, and more skiers than ever are taking advantage of better touring gear to venture further than ever before. Whether skinning from the trailhead or skiing through a resort gate, all backcountry excursions come with risk, but taking an avalanche education course can help you make better decisions and provide hands-on experience. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is the gold standard for avalanche education curriculum, and there are plenty of places you can go to do the coursework and field training. However, if you want to mix education with a little adventure…” (continue reading)
March 13, 2014: Avalanche Safety With the Backcountry Babes, Women’s Adventure Magazine
“Over the past few years, as my days filled with rocking groomers have become less challenging, I’ve found myself yearning for more days filled with backcountry adventures. Lofty dreams of floating around on my fat pow skis fill the days at my desk, while days away from my desk are spent dipping in and out of tree runs at some of my favorite ski spots. However, one crucial concern lies in the way of my exploring more backcountry terrain…” (continue reading)
February 6, 203: Backcountry Babes, SCARPA North America Blog
“Backcountry Babes was founded in 1996, as “Babes in the Backcountry”, by 3x national champion telemark skier, Leslie Ross. At the time, Leslie noticed the lack of women participating in recreational activities, outdoor sports and backcountry excursions. She wanted to create a business that would provide instructional opportunities and adventures specifically for women.
In 2011, Leslie sold the company to one of her alumni…” (continue reading)
January 8, 2013: Do you have to free your mind to free your heel?, National Geographic Adventure Blog
“I’d put myself in the fairly adventurous category, but when it comes to backcountry skiing, I’ve never really given it a fair shake—despite having many “pinhead” friends who‘ve been trying to convert me for years. This perplexes me. Why the heck am I not ripping up untracked pow pow in the backcountry? By all measure, I should really dig it. I love exploring the woods. Even more, I love getting away from crowds. The thought of skinning up a remote mountain, then making sick powder turns all days sounds amazing. Maybe it’s just that I never had a proper introduction…” (continue reading)
Jan 20, 2017: Into the Wild with Backcountry Babes
“One of the best ways to self-educate is by learning about the snowpack. Kirstin Nelson, a ski patroller at Breckenridge, takes the floor from St. Clair and tells us that Colorado is home to some of the trickiest snow conditions in the country. Because of this, taking a local class prepares us well for backcountry travels here and elsewhere….read more)
Jan 20, 2017: Backcountry Film Fest Returns January 21st to Breckenridge
“The 12th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will take place at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Saturday, Jan. 21. The screening is hosted by Backcountry Babes, and proceeds will benefit its women’s avalanche scholarship fund…..” (read more)
February 4, 2016: Backcountry Babes: Anchorage’s Avalanche Course For Women, Anchorage Press
“Unconscious and buried at least five feet deep in snow on Corn Biscuit Mountain in 2008, Nancy Elrod’s chances of survival were slim. But seven years later, she stands in front of a classroom on APU’s campus to share her story with a group of 15 women—aspiring ‘Backcountry Babes.’
‘This is my case study,’ she starts, though the students don’t know yet what exactly that means. Elrod doesn’t begin with the disaster or the rescue…” (continue reading)
January 8, 2016: Trekking to Mt Baldy with Backcountry Babes, Summit Daily
“We want to give you a pat on the back for just being here,” says Anne St. Clair, the lead instructor for Backcountry Skiing 101. “Welcome to this community.”It’s Saturday night in Breckenridge, and for the first time in my brief ski-touring career I am surrounded by women. Thanks to Backcountry Babes, an organization dedicated to empowering women to explore…” (continue reading)
January 7, 2016: Winter Wildlands film festival in Breckenridge showcases backcountry fun, Summit Daily
“We want to give you a pat on the back for just being here,” says Anne St. Clair, the lead instructor for Backcountry Skiing 101. “Mountains fill the screen in the preview of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Endless powder shots roll out, featuring skiers and snowboarders on steep mountain slopes above the clouds and within the trees, doing what skiers and boarders love best.This weekend, the festival is coming to Summit, hosted by Backcountry Babes for the 11th year. Founded in 1996…” (continue reading)
January 2016: “Backcountry Babes,” Colby Elliot
August 2013: “We are Backcountry Babes,” Jenna Boisvert
A slide show of many different Babes adventures. (Watch on vimeo.)
Decemeber 2009: “Classic Backcountry Babes Promo Video,” Stephane Riendeau
See where it all started with video featuring Backcountry Babes founder, Leslie Ross. (Watch on youtube.)
There is an incredibly positive and high energy stoke level of the female-empowered AND co-ed classroom environment. It is cool to hear our students discuss the value of the learning environment–enjoying growth through our women’s empowerment focus and recognizing the reality that future teamwork will consist of co-ed teams in the backcountry.
I believe that the culture cultivated by Backcountry Babes truly resonates in this women’s ski weekend. The support and encouragement everyone demonstrates while skiing some of Colorado’s gnarliest terrain is unprecedented. Friendships and connections made on this trip are genuine and amazing. Silverton mountain is a unique experience made even more impactful by this awesome group.
This course is really cool for women to come out and try something new and to have all of their questions answered. I love that we offer this opportunity and I think we organize it in a really fun and effective way.
This co-ed setup is so cool, as it allows couples to take an AIARE class together in a stigma-free environment where both partners can feel empowered instead of the “token” female among males or vice versa taking an avalanche course. It really flows well with what AIARE tries to accomplish and I think everyone in the group really enjoyed this format and how well the group dynamics worked.
There was an incredibly positive and high energy discussion about the stoke level of the ‘female-empowered’ but co-ed classroom environment. It was cool to hear our students discuss the value of the learning environment–recognizing the women’s empowerment focus of the Babes program but recognizing the reality that their future teamwork will consist of co-ed teams in the backcountry. Lots of positive feedback to continue to create more co-ed Babes courses.
This course was very beneficial for so many reasons. I will be more confident when going out with peers. I won’t have to rely on them for my safety. I feel more empowered to speak up and to also take initiative to look and evaluate the terrain more. I took away many things from this course.