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Learn the skills necessary to travel through technical terrain with your snowboard

Technical snowboard mountaineering.



Location: Summit County and surrounding areas
Duration: 3 days with overnight
Experience Level: Intermediate, Advanced SEE HERE
Cost: $895

The Snowboard Mountaineering course was developed to teach skills and decision making for traveling through technical terrain with your snowboard. This is a course in which we will be covering a wide array of topics emphasized on traveling through intermediate to advanced terrain. On day one we will learn and overview many "hard-skills" including use of crampons, an axe, and rope management. Next we will start to focus on trip and route planning, communication, and emergency response to prepare ourselves for our decided objective. Afterwards, the group will plan a snowboard mountaineering objective and head out into the field on day two to setup camp for an early start on our objective on the day three. 

​Topics Covered

  • Advanced trip planning and route selection

  • Steep skinning and bootpacking techniques

  • Execution of winter camping (if overnight applicable)

  • Introduction and overview of technical gear

  • Ropework; use of knots, tie-ins, belays, anchors, and rappelling

  • Ice axe use; including self-arrest, belay, and climbing techniques

  • Crampon usage 

  • Techniques used while traveling through technical terrain

  • Climbing and snowboarding couloirs

  • Steep riding 

Gear List​​

  • Split board, boots, poles, and skins

  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe (rentals available upon request)

  • Ice axe and crampons 

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom and top (base layer)

  • Mid layer top and bottom (insulation layer)

  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket

  • Waterproof Jacket and pants

  • Wool or synthetic socks + 2 extras

  • Warm gloves or mittens

  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava

  • Goggles and sunglasses

  • Multi-Day pack backpack (40-70 Liter)

  • Sleeping bag (0 to 30 degree)

  • Personal Hygiene Kit

  • Headlamp

  • Camp shoes (slippers or booties)

  • Water bottle (At least 1 Liter per person)

  • Hand warmers

  • Hot liquid in thermos

  • Extra gloves (Liner Gloves for the uphill)

  • Chapstick

  • Camera

  • Notebook and pencil

  • Compass

  • Snow Study Kit (thermometer, snow saw, crystal card, magnifier)

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