January 26th, 2019
February 23rd, 2019
KMAC is proud to have partnered with Minturn, CO based Weston Snowboards to offer the perfect first day on a splitboard. Our guides have worked with Weston to craft a course that runs through all of the skills you will need for a basic day of touring in the backcountry (note: does not replace avalanche education). We will begin at our shop inspecting all of the equipment we need and practicing with it a heated space before heading 20 minutes up into the Park to begin our hands on education. In general, we will conduct a standard tour of the area, searching out pow stashes and avoiding avalanche zones and nasty terrain features. Along the way we will teach best-practices, common mistakes, and tons of cool tricks that we have picked up along our journeys. And, we will shred some sick terrain…
Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in ’92. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.
Duration: 8 Hours
Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.
Cost: $112 per person!
Dates: December 29th, January 26th, and February 23rd
Overview of topics:
- Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
- Introduction to avalanche awareness *
- Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
- Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
- Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
- Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
- Group dynamics and movement: how to travel as a group
- Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
- Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
- Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…
*note: does not replace formal avalanche education