Beginner Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Tour – New Hampshire
Location - New Hampshire
January 14, 2021 - January 16, 2021
February 18, 2021 - February 20, 2021
This workshop is designed for women who are new to the backcountry! If you’ve never been touring before or only a handful of days and are looking for mentorship and skill building, this course is for you! Our goal is to create a fun and welcoming environment where you can ask questions, learn to use your Alpine Touring, Splitboard, or Telemark set-up, and with a professional. We’ll teach you the basics of winter backcountry travel and explain the gear and tools you need. You will also meet other women who are getting into the backcountry which is usually one of attendees top highlights! This course will leave you with a good introduction to backcountry basics and begin the process of putting all the pieces together — the next step is to take your AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course.
During an weeknight online evening session we’ll introduce all the gear, how to pack and plan for the backcountry, and provide an introduction to avalanche safety. The following field day, in a small group including your instructor, will include a full day tour in backcountry terrain.
Backcountry Babes instructors have years of backcountry skiing experience, ranging from professional ski patrollers, AIARE avalanche course instructors, cat ski guides, and AMGA Ski Guides. We love teaching Backcountry Babes courses so we can help more women ski in the backcountry and do so in a supportive, fun, and encouraging learning environment.
Duration: 1 Online Evening Session, 1 Full Tour Day
Activity Level: Easy – Moderate
Required Skill Level: We’ll teach you how to do the uphill part! However, you must be comfortable descending ungroomed black terrain at the resort. Your skiing doesn’t have to be fast or look pretty, but we do need everyone to be comfortable skiing and riding in control and avoiding obstacles on the descent. You must also be able to hike several miles and comfortable spending time outside in inclement winter weather.
Not sure about your downhill ability? We recommend practicing at the resort to boost your downhill skills. Taking a lesson with a PSIA instructor is one of the best ways to quickly improve your downhill technique.
Jan 14th Online Session and Jan 16th Field Day
Feb 18th Online Session and February 20th Field Day
About the Tour
5:00pm - 7:00pm
We’ll meet for an online learning session with your instructor. Learn how to interpret the avalanche bulletin, what to wear in the backcountry, and what gear to pack for our all day tour this weekend.
8:00am - 3:00pm
Beginner Backcountry Ski Tour
At the trailhead, learn how to use your backcountry ski bindings and skins. Ski together at a casual, comfortable pace. Get tips and tricks for ski touring and learn efficient skinning techniques. Your instructors will explain their route-finding techniques, point out avalanche terrain, and discuss the snowpack. You will learn how to find the best snow, angles, and aspects and enjoy some well-deserved downhill. By the end of the day you will be ready to take your AIARE level 1 course and hit the backcountry as often as you can.
What to Expect
- Learn to use your backcountry gear effectively
- Introduction to avalanche safety
- Comfortable and fun learning atmosphere
- Attentive, experienced, & professionally-certified instructors
- Engaging online classroom and field session
- Appropriate and applicable avalanche safety knowledge
- Edifying practical experience to build confidence
- Joyful self-empowerment regarding safe backcountry travel & decision-making
- A great preparatory course for your AIARE Level 1
- We’ll be skiing downhill on ungroomed snow. Must be comfortable avoiding unmarked obstacles and skiing in control on uneven snow. Your skiing doesn’t need to look good, but we do want you to have downhill skiing skills and survival ski skills (side slipping, wedging, traversing, etc.)
- Backcountry skis or splitboard
- Ski poles
- Ski or snowboard boots
- Climbing skins
- Avalanche beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel in good working order
- Outerwear and warm layers (hand warmers can be nice)
- Appropriate food & drink for the day
This beginner backcountry ski tour is a great time to try out new backcountry gear or demo/rent new equipment. Backcountry Babes offers a beacon, shovel, probe and Osprey backpack package for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis which you can reserve at checkout. For your convenience, your instructors will bring it to the field day for you.
– AT ski rental kits and Beacon/Shovel/Probe kits are available to rent from Northeast Mountaineering. Pick up and drop off your rental gear at their shop at 1054 Pinkham Notch Road, Glen, NH. Contact Corey at [email protected] to make arrangements and be sure to mention that you’re in a Backcountry Babes course.
– AT skis, splitboards, and Beacon/Shovel/Probe kits are all available to rent from Ski The Whites. Pickup and drop off your rental gear at their shop at 211 Main Street, Jackson, NH. Contact Andrew at 603-383-3142 to make arrangements and be sure to mention that you’re in a Backcountry Babes course.
DRIVE: All potential touring locations are in and around the Mount Washington Valley but are subject to change based on weather and conditions. Your instructor(s) will update you with location information during your evening online session.
Backcountry Babes is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. Backcountry Babes operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest Ranger District and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District.
“Abby was an amazing instructor. She was incredibly supportive, encouraging, experienced, and kind. She has a wealth of knowledge and clearly loves backcountry skiing.”StudentBeginner Backcountry Ski Tour, NH
“I’ve always wanted to backcountry ski but had trouble committing because of lack of confidence and hesitance to invest in the equipment if I didn’t know how to use it/if I would like it. This course not only enabled me to experience a taste of backcountry skiing and necessary safety precautions, it also gave me the confidence I needed to finally dive into the sport!”Laura N., Dedham, MABeginner Backcountry Ski Tour, NH
“The course was beneficial in that it provided me with preliminary information on how to use my tools (beacon, prove, shovel) as well as providing me with resources for backcountry safety! The course was also super empowering being with all women. Abby was great at cultivating a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment.”Marla F.Watertown, MA
“The beginner backcountry ski tour was beneficial in so many ways: getting more time on the mountain uphill with new gear, and being able to ask lots of obvious and non obvious questions in a really chill, educational and fun environment. Abby also offered a lot of content I wouldn’t have thought to ask, and it was all super fun and non-competitive. Great prep for my Avi 1 the following weekend. I learned a lot and had a great time. Layering and packing education was key, as well as getting a start on understanding planning and research so I can start to know how to get out on my own.”Julianne G., Scituate, MABeginner Backcountry Ski Tour, NH
“The venue of an all female instruction and clientele was integral to my being comfortable at a level that allowed me to participate fully, which left me feeling exuberant and confident. I don’t think it is easy to impart both a sense of confident determination and wary consideration, yet that’s what I came away with from your course. Thank you for your vision and follow through. I believe you have a terrific product. I’ll certainly be recommending Backcountry Babes to any who’ll listen.”ClaudinBackcountry Basics 101
“Everyone in the clinic was just raving about their experience and that it was the best intro avalanche course they had ever taken. I would agree!”Kolleen D.Backcountry Basics 101
“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.”Anne St. ClairLead Instructor
“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.”Mike BortnowskiAIARE Avalanche Level 1 Instructor