Motorized Backcountry 101

Skiing and riding in the backcountry is safer and more fun when you understand avalanches, knowing when you can go big and when to dial it back. Nobody wants to be that partner that can't make informed decisions or be counted on in a rescue. Spend an evening in a classroom and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to get out in the backcountry, have fun and come home ready to do it again.

January 4 & 6
$190.00
Theory

Learn avalanche skills from the pros in a 1 evening/1 day class with a Utah Avalanche Center forecaster.  Riding in the backcountry is safer and more fun when you understand avalanches. Nobody wants to be that partner that can't be part of the decisions making process or be counted on during a rescue.

Spend an evening learning the basics and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to get out in the backcountry, have fun, and come home ready to do it again.  Got kids ready to get in the backcountry? This is a great way to introduce new riders to the backcountry and to get out with family and friends.  Minimum age 14 - contact Paige Pagnucco (Paige@utahavalanchecenter.org) if you want to bring someone younger.

Practice

On Saturday, we will meet and break into groups of about 6 and make travel plans based on current conditions. We will spend the day touring the backcountry. We'll assess the snowpack, practice safe route-finding and decision-making, and perform a rescue.

Requirements & Logistics

Skills: Must have solid all-mountain riding skills and be capable of riding in varying snow conditions.

Gear: You will need a sled or Snowbike and a pack. Tunnel bag doesn't work. If you're separated from your sled you're separated from your rescue gear.

And:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm clothes (we will be out in the backcountry all day in winter conditions)
  • Beacon (we have some loaners)
  • Shovel (we have some loaners)
  • Probe (we have some loaners)
  • First aid and repair kit

January 4: Please meet at 6:00pm at the Bridger Room at the Logan Public Library 255 N Main St.

January 6: This location will be determined during class on Thursday. 

Recommended reading: We recommend that you read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain (Tremper) and Snow Sense (Fredston) prior to class.

Check out this amazing avalanche rescue story: https://www.avalanche.ca/cherry-bowl/#/intro

Do you have your own personal avalanche safety gear? If not, check out the Backcountry.com "Fitting Room" to purchase your own safety gear. Every purchase from the link benefits the Utah Avalanche Center. Click the link here 

Cancellation policy: Our classes generally fill up.  If you can't attend the class, please let us know by 5pm Friday afternoon the week before class for a partial refund- We will refund all but $25. If you cancel after that but more than 24 hours before the evening class, we'll refund all but $65 of your fee. After 5 pm the day before class, there will be no refund. 

Instructors
Instructor Name
Paige Pagnucco
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We require all students to carry a beacon, shovel and probe which we have a limited amount to loan out. Do you need to borrow an avalanche beacon/transceiver?
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No students under 18 on field day without waiver signed by parent. No refunds without waiver. Click HERE for waiver
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