Setting the Skin Track - Backcountry Touring Development Series


A workshop series for WSU backcountry skiers and riders looking to gain fundamental avalanche awareness and appplied field skills for wintertime backcountry travel.

Each workshop will focus on a set of skills surrounding a specific topic related to wintertime backcountry travel. This series will cover what to pack for a backcountry tour, partner rescue basics, weather, snowpack, digital mapping tools, backcountry travel technique, and assessing human factors to assemble your tour group. This series will culminate in an optional guided mentorship day tour in the Ogden backcountry to apply these workshop tools to the field.

Price: $80 || Timing: 6:00 - 7:30pm (must attend 3 evening sessions)

Jan 23 || What's in the Pack? Essentials to bring into the backcountry + partner rescue

Feb 6 || Weather, snowpack and YOU

Feb 20 || Putting it all together - Planning your tour + technique tips

Feb 24 || (8:30am - 3pm) Group tour! Field location will be chosen based on the experience, skills and preferences of the cohort. This tour will be held in collaboration with Ogden Avalanche.


Skill Level: Advanced skiers only!  You must be able to ski variable snow conditions on slopes as steep as 40 degrees. (Black Diamond Runs at local ski resorts)

Fitness Level: intermediate

Equipment Provided: Avalanche safety equipment will be provided at no cost.  Bring your own touring set-up, or rent in advance (Please don't keep the group waiting, come prepared). If you need equipment call us at 801-626-6373.

Equipment List: Telemark, alpine touring ski set up, split board, skins, beacon, probe, shovel.

If you are interested in diving deeper into avalanche education, check out Backcountry 101, by Ogden Avalanche!

Register for this trip today or book a day of private backcountry powder skiing by contacting   

Please email (preferred), call, or stop by if you have any questions. 


Please register at or before pre-trip meeting


OR  | 1352 Village Dr, Ogden, UT, 84408 

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