Powderkeg Clinic: Women's Intro to Ski Mountaineering

The Utah Avalanche Center and the Wasastch Powderkeg are teaming up to present Intro to Mountaineering for Women.‚Äč  Learn how to apply basic mountaineering techniques and practices to backcountry riding.  For more information on the entire Powderkeg event, go here.

 

Clinic is being taught by Janelle Smiley.

Janelle, grew up climbing, skiing, and playing in the mountains of Colorado. Her hunger for snow adventures has taken her to many a remote peaks. She enjoys cooking fine meals & sharing them with friends, learning new things, and humbling the boys on the rando race course, the world around.

Experience  

SKI MOUNTAINEERING

- 2012 & 2014 North American Ski Mountaineering Champion 

- 2011, 2013, 2014 US Ski Mountaineering Champion 

- 2013 Swiss National Champion 

Wasatch Powderkeg February 24 at Brighton Resort
$60.00
Theory

Backcountry riding is not all about floating effortlessly through 35 degree blower powder - for some of us, it involves big objectives, exposure, mixed rock, snow, and ice, and rapidly changing conditions. 

Practice

We'll work on:

  • Basic belays 
  • Building and using anchors
  • Equipment needs
  • Weather considerations
  • Eating and drinking enough
  • Traveling and managing equipment in steep, high angle terrain
  • Planning and packing for long, committing ascents & descents
  • Navigation and communication skills
Requirements & Logistics

Uphill travel is required and you must have skis or splitboard capable of uphill travel and skins.  You will need a beacon, probe, and shovel.  You must have the fitness and riding ability to climb and descend in steep, ungroomed terrain for 4 hours and be familiar with your equipment - this is an intermediate level backcountry class and is not suitable for those new to the backcountry.avea  

If you have a belay device and harness, bring it.  We will have loaners available.

This clinic will be held in the backcountry regardless of weather, so bring a pack with warm clothes, first aid and repair materials, and food and drink to get you through the afternoon.  

Plan to arrive and check in by 12:15 pm.  We'll meet up at 1:00 pm and will return about 3:30 pm

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. 

If you have any questions please email Bo@utahavalanchecenter.org

Instructors
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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?
Do you need to borrow a shovel?
Do you need to borrow an avalanche probe?
Do you have any previous avalanche experience?
No students under 18 on field day without waiver signed by parent. No refunds without waiver. Click HERE for waiver
Click HERE to read the Liability Waiver
Venue
Brighton Resort