Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop

Skiing and riding in the backcountry is safer and more fun when you understand avalanches, knowing when you can go big and when to dial it back. Nobody wants to be that partner that can't make informed decisions or be counted on in a rescue. Spend an evening in a classroom and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to get out in the backcountry, have fun and come home ready to do it again.

Thursday Feb 6 at Red Butte Garden and Saturday Feb 8 at Brighton $140.00

On Thursday night, a forecaster will use videos, slides, stories and class exercises to explain avalanche characteristics, snowpack fundamentals, clues to instability, terrain assessment, safe travel techniques, rescue techniques and decision-making.


On Saturday, we will meet and break into groups of about 6 and make travel plans based on current conditions. We will take one ride up a lift and then leave the resort via access gate and spend the rest of the day touring the backcountry surrounding Brighton.

Requirements & Logistics

Skills: You need to be at least an intermediate level skier, capable of skiing uphill with skins and descending intermediate level slopes in ungroomed, challenging conditions.

Gear: You will need skis (or splitboard), boots, bindings and skins capable of uphill and downhill travel (no snowshoes or hiking). You must be familiar with your equipment and ready to use it. You will need a pack (we have some loaners).


FoodWaterWarm clothes (we will be out in the backcountry all day in winter conditions)Beacon (we have some loaners)Shovel (we have some loaners)Probe (we have some loaners)First aid and repair kit

Thursday: 6 to 9pm at Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, SLC

Saturday: 8am to 4pm at Brighton. Meet on the 3rd floor of the Alpine Rose, with all you gear and boots on, ready to go. We suggest arranging to carpool on Thursday night.

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  • Bill M.

    Love the idea. Just realized I have a conference and changed my RSVP. Thank you for sharing this as it is an excellent event.

    November 26, 2013

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