Snowbird announces first ever Sidecountry Camp
In general, skiing has two options: resort and backcountry. But what some skiers may not know is that you can combine the two and ski the “sidecountry.” In essence, when you’re sidecountry skiing, you ride a ski resort’s chairlifts to the top of the mountain, but then ski down out-of-bounds back to the base. It’s a segment that’s growing in popularity, so Snowbird is offering their first ever Sidecountry Camp.
The Snowbird Sidecountry Camp will take skiers who want to experience the untracked backcountry just outside the resort’s borders while using the typical backcountry gear like a pack, avalanche beacon, probe pole and shovel. The camp will also simulate backcountry skiing in a group while choosing safe terrain and being aware of avalanche risks.
According to Snowbird, the first day will orient skiers to the resort and the rest of the group. Activities will include practice with an avalanche beacon, learning basic avalanche awareness and exploring the snowpack.
Day two will find skiers getting deeper into the secret stashes and hidden pockets that Snowbird is famous for.
Day 3 will be a customized adventure according to the ability and desires of each small team. Snowbird will provide cameras to document the sidecountry adventures so you can share with your friends and family back home.
The cost of the Snowbird Sidecountry Camp is $425, and the fees include guiding and coaching, early mountain access, video and apres-ski activities.
There will be two sessions offered. The first is January 20-22, and the second is February 10-12.
For registration and/or questions: contact Snowbird Mountain School 801-933-2174; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more specific questions regarding the camp: contact Maggie Loring by email email@example.com
Word is that the camps are filling up fast, so register early to ensure a spot. For more information or to sign up, visit www.snowbird.com/mtnschool/camp.html