Introduction to Backcountry Skiing
Are you an expert skier at the resorts and looking to take adventure to the next level? Our backcountry ski skills course is jammed packed with necessary skills to get your shredding the pow out of bounds and away from the lines. Discover the differences between skiing inbounds and outbounds and experience the freedom of the backcountry! You will learn avalanche awareness and search skills, how to skin and set a track, good backcountry practices and much more!
Length: 8-10 Hours
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: Based on Experience: Ages 10+
When: December - April
Type: Backcountry Skiing
1 person: $250 per person
2 people: $200 per person
Most of the required equipment [listed below] - including Avalanche Transceiver, probe and shovel - is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.
NOTE: We do not rent Alpine Touring Ski set-ups - but there are places in the valley that do!
7 DAYS PER WEEK
We climb 7 days per week in season.
Stay Safe In Avy Terrain
AIARE 1: DECISION MAKING IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).
1 person: $350 per person
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For your convenience, we have the mandatory gear available for rent! We also have a small selection of clothing available for rent if you are missing anything listed above. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a welcome packet via email with a gear rental form that you will complete and return to reserve the gear you need for you adventure!
|[ ] Alpine Touring Skis or Snowboard: With alpine touring bindings|
|[ ] Alpine Touring Boots|
|[ ] Climbing Skins: Fitted to your skis|
|[ ] Ski Helmet|
|[ ] Avalanche Beacon|
|[ ] Avalanche Probe|
|[ ] Shovel|
|[ ] Goggles|
|[ ] Trekking Poles|
|[ ] Down parka or ski jacket|
|[ ] Winter hat|
|[ ] Heavy glove or mitten|
|[ ] Ski or Snow Pants|
|[ ] 40 Liter Backpack: Or similar size suitable to carry skis if needed|
|[ ] Crampons|
|[ ] Ice Axe|
What time does the program begin?We will meet at 7AM at our bunkhouse in Bartlett, NH. We will take 30-45 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear you need and head out to the trailhead.
What gear is needed for Ski Mountaineering?The mandatory items include Alpine Touring Skis, Alpine Touring Bindings, Alpine Touring Boots, Skins for your Skis, Poles, Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel, Avalanche Probe, Helmet, Goggles, Down parka or ski jacket, winter hat, heavy gloves and mittens, snow or ski pant, sunglasses, 40L+ backpack (suitable for carrying skis if necessary). 2L+ Water in wide mouth Nalgene Bottles, Snacks, and proper clothing layers. Avalanche Transceiver, Probe, and Shovel are mandatory available to rent at NEM.
How long do we ski for?We usually arrive at the trailhead between 8AM and 8:30AM. We will arrive back at the bunkhouse around 4PM depending on what your tour entails.
What should I wear?Please come dressed in appropriate clothing. Layering is the best practice in the outdoors as it allows you to manage your body temperature. You can check out our “Equipment List” for more info. Be sure to have an extra warm jacket for when you are taking a break. Wear synthetic clothing such as wool, polyester, down, Capilene materials as they wick sweat away from the body and dry out quickly. Avoid cotton at all costs.
Is it safe?Our guides are trained to mitigate the dangers of the backcountry. While we cannot take 100% of the risk out of the outdoors, the likelihood of any incident is very low.
How difficult is it the hike?The tour will be catered to the overall experience and fitness of the group. We will make every effort to accommodate your goals for the day but weather and snow conditions reign supreme.
How many people are in a group?We offer a maximum ratio of 2 skiers per guide for ski touring.
Are there age restrictions?As long as you are approved for strenuous activity and/or you have a parent/guardian signature, you are good to go! This activity is for ages 10+. Difficulty levels range from beginner to advanced.
NutritionYour “lunches” are taken in the field throughout the day during short 10 to 15 minute breaks. We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. Drink mixes such as Gatorade and Kool-Aid help flavor your water. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.
HydrationTo help prevent cramping and heat related injuries, you will need at least 2 liters of water per day. Water is preferred, but other liquids such as gatorade help replace electrolytes and work well, too!
Don’t go over the topWhen planning, don’t bring any items that require extensive preparation or cooking. We are able to provide you with boiling water on overnight adventures, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.
RISK MANAGEMENTSafety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.
DOMESTIC ADVENTURESPayment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.
BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIERA non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURESA non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
CANCELLATIONThere will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
CHANGE OF DATEDate changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.
GENERAL POLICIESNEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).
NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.