This introductory class invited women to learn more about back and slack country riding while honing their skills on basics such as beacon use and drills, correct line choice, how to “go slow to go fast” and proper digging techniques.“More people are venturing out into back country than ever before, and men are not the only ones,” said Ashley Magnusson, Colorado Chapter President of She Jumps and professional skier. “We feel it is important to spearhead events such as this, to get information out there and encourage secure fun travel while skiing out of bounds.”
The two organizations joined together with Vail Ski Patrol, Back Country Access and Vail Resorts, to host a wonderful and much needed event to get women participating (not just following) in the sport of back county ski and snowboard travel. Each day consisted of morning class time and afternoon on the hill training where participants practiced executing what was discussed in class.Thanks to all our amazing participants, partners and class leaders. Stay tuned for classes this coming 2011-2012 season – can’t wait to see you out there!!
Check out this awesome article by one of the participants here