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REC 2810 — Backcountry Touring


Backcountry Touring teaches intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders who ride in-bounds (on ski resort property) the skills necessary to safely participate in skiing or snowboarding in backcountry terrain, outside resort boundaries where avalanche control and ski patrol are not present. Class is taught at local backcountry touring areas to familiarize students with locations they can ski or snowboard after the course. Students learn the skills necessary to safely travel both uphill and downhill in avalanche terrain, including basic avalanche hazard recognition, backcountry travel techniques, avalanche companion rescue, skinning, uphill track setting and backcountry skiing techniques.

Prerequisites & Equipment

Prior to participation, students must be able to hike uphill for 3 miles. Students must be competent skiers and snowboarders and either 1) identify themselves as Type III skiers/riders or 2) confidently ski advanced (black) terrain in-bounds (on ski resort property, such as Powder Mountain or Snowbasin). Backcountry skis and snowboards are available for rent from the Weber State University Outdoor Program at a discounted rate for students enrolled in the class. Students must provide their own transportation, water, snacks, backpack and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Schedule & Location

Backcountry Touring is offered during the first block of the spring semester. The course meets once at the start of the block for a classroom session and then includes a single weekend of backcountry touring, including Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. The course meets in locations around the Ogden Valley, principally on the slopes of Ben Lomond.