Safety / Trip Rating System: Before signing up for a trip, please check the Trip Rating System to be sure that your skill level is suitable for the trip. Each trip has its Trip Rating listed. Knowledge and awareness of avalanche avoidance as well as gear and training for avalanche emergency response may be required. Ski gear suitable to trip level will also be required.
Level 1 Beginner. Learning skiing fundamentals. Not currently offered.
Level 2 Adv. Beginner. Moderate skiing ability on gentle terrain. Able to ski slopes at the Intermediate level at most downhill resorts. Good aerobic conditioning. Typical trip = 3 - 7 miles per day, 500’-1500’ elevation gain per day
Level 3 Intermediate. Climb and descend moderately difficult slopes wearing a pack under mixed snow conditions. Competent with climbing skins. Snow camping skills may be necessary. Able to ski slopes at the lower Advanced level at most downhill resorts. Some wilderness experience, such as all-day hiking. Good aerobic condition. Typical trip = 7 - 10 miles per day, 2000’ elevation gain per day
Level 4 Adv. Intermediate. Climb and descend steeper slopes wearing a pack under mixed snow conditions. Competent with climbing skins and safety gear including avalanche beacons. Competent kick-turn technique for both climbing and survival descending. Able to ski slopes at the Advanced level at most downhill resorts. Overnight wilderness experience, such as backpacking. Very good physical condition. Typical trip = 10 - 15 miles per day, 2500’ - 4000’ elevation gain per day
Level 5 Advanced. Winter mountaineering. Climb and descend all types of terrain, including steep peak ascents/descents. Handle all snow conditions with an overnight pack, including breakable crust, Sierra cement, and icy snow. Avalanche I training or equivalent. Able to ski slopes at the Advanced and lower Expert levels at most downhill resorts. Overnight wilderness experience. Very good physical condition. Typical trip = 15+ miles per day, 4000’+ climb per day
Level 6. Expert Very solid double black diamond downhill skiers with multi-day snow camping experience, Avalanche I avalanche training and skills, snow climbing on steep slopes, and basic rock climbing skills (Class 3). Trips emphasize skiing steep mountain slopes and couloirs. Excellent physical condition. Typical distance = 15+ miles per day, 6000’+ climb per day
Trips Each trip requires a $10 donation per participant, discounted to $8 for Sierra Club members. Membership in the club, which includes an newsletter in email, requires an additional $8 donation. These funds are given to the Sierra Club, and these community organizations:
Snowlands Network. http://www.snowlands.org Snowlands represents the interests of skiers, showshoers, and snowboarders who seek backcountry, wilderness-like opportunities. Once a member of the ski section, if you wish to receive the Snowlands e-newsletter, please contact them directly and let them know you are a member of Snowlands via the Backcountry Ski Section! =============================================================================
Ski Trip Leaders All of our ski trips are organized by volunteer leaders who have the following training. Leadership Training and Certification Wilderness First Aid (minimum 16 hour course). Several leaders also have completed Wilderness First Responder and Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care (80 hour courses). Skiing skills commensurate with the rating of the particular trip and Avalanche Training commensurate with the terrain of the specific ski trip. ============================================================================= Founding The Backcountry Ski Section was formed by David Brower, an accomplished ski mountaineer and passionate environmental activist. Our community of skiers and mountaineers strives to continue in this spirit. ============================================================================= http://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/backcountry-s... (http://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/backcountry-skiing) ============================================================================= CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. California has established a Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) under the California Seller of Travel Act. The TCRF is not applicable to these Outings. The law requires us to advise you that you would not be eligible to make any claim from the TCRF in the unlikely event of default by the Sierra Club. California law also requires certain sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. The Sierra Club has such a trust account. =============================================================================