Backcountry Initiatives

Alpine Initiatives, Paragon Guides and Mountain Safety Logistics have combined resources to offer a workshop designed to cultivate the skills necessary to inspire adventure while discovering reverence for the mountains.

The most successful adventures are usually well prepared for. This workshop in the Vail Valley for those in high school will began building a solid foundation for backcountry travel and skiing. It will focus on how to plan an adventure and how to respond when the unplanned arises. Each participant will leave the workshop with new skills and knowledge of trip logistics, mountain travel techniques, avalanche awareness, survival and medical response skills. While fostering a safety culture in the mountain community the hope is to also inspire mountain stewardship.

2016 Dates: January 2nd, 3rd and 4th

  • January 2nd- Trip Planning including familiarizing participants with backcountry ski equipment and techniques and avalanche rescue gear.
  • January 3rd- Ski tour to the 10th mountain Eismann Hut. Skills assessed will be route finding, medical response, and survival techniques. A night at the hut will allow for winter camping techniques. January 4th- Backcountry skiing with a focus on avalanche awareness and rescue skills.
  • Cost is $350 per participant
  • 12 participants max
  • Preferred age range for participants 14-18 years old; parents can join as participants if needed
  • Email to register!

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