SKI 2: BACKCOUNTRY SKIING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate level skiier and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:
- Full day of travel and skiing on moderate peaks
- Checking avalanche and weather reports
- Off trail route planning
- Monitoring weather
- Skiing with a pack
- Beacon check procedures
- Uphill techniques
- Ski crampons
- Transitioning to downhill
- Backcountry ski technique and tips review
- Maintaining a log book
- Side country skiing
PREREQUISITES: Apex membership, SKI 1 or equivalent experience, off-piste proficiency on black diamond terrain, Level 1 Avalanche certification or better, and bring beacon, shovel, and probe.
RECOMMENDED FOR: All current Apex members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.
EVENT LEADER: Javier Martinez (916) 467-6824, Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936
DURATION: 8 hours
LOCATION: Rubicon Peak, west shore of Lake Tahoe
MEET: At the pullouts at highway 89 about 1 mile south of Scenic Dr.
WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below
PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.
Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
Gloves and/or mittens
Warm hat and/or balaclava
High energy food, snacks and drinks
Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
Small personal first aid kit
Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera
*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve. Please contact the event leader.
Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
The training event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or email@example.com, or (916) 692-0005.