Nothing like a ton of fresh snow to make you beeline for the backcountry. Well, not so fast. Now is the time when people die. Coming next week, Brighton’s Backcountry 101 will address the hunger you might feel in your ski belly. The course is designed specifically for upper intermediate+, recreational skiers and boarders. Learn all of the fun things:
Companion Rescue – Weather – Snowpack – Terrain – Route Finding – Gear Considerations – Human Factors.
The weekend starts Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, with an indoor lecture from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then spend all day Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, outside practicing what’s been preached. You’ll need an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel but uphill gear or lift ticket is not required.
The course costs $90 on the first day of the clinic. Brighton employees and volunteer ski patrol take 50 percent off. Pre-registration is required. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.