Get out of the crowded resorts and learn to snowboard in the backcountry! If you can ski or snowboard on ungroomed intermediate slopes in a resort you can go skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry! First timers are welcome on this trip. Experienced backcountry riders will have fun, too! Our experienced backcountry guides will show you how to get up the hill on a splitboard, then put it together and ride the untracked snow back down. This trip is two full days of professionally guided backcountry snowboarding, with two nights in our Lassen Cabin.
If you're ready to get into the backcountry, but don't know what gear you need, or how to use it, don't worry. You can rent backcountry splitboards from us as well as all the avalanche gear you need for the weekend. We make it easy to get into backcountry snowboarding! If you've been in the backcountry before, but you want to improve your skills, this weekend is for you, too! We'll help you improve your skinning and edging on the uphills, and help you sharpen your avy skills, too.
On Day One, we'll start our trip with a clinic on the use of avalanche beacons and companion rescue. After that we'll show you how to "ski" uphill with your splitboard as we work toward the top of our first slopes. Once on top you'll put your splitboard back together and ride back down, making your own tracks, and getting a feel for backcountry riding. After a full day, it's back to the house, to town for dinner, and then we get ready to do it all over again. Day Two, we'll focus on getting deeper into the backcountry and getting in as many sweet turns as possible!
We love backcountry snowboarding at Lassen National Park. Lassen typically has snow that is colder, drier and deeper than Tahoe, and has a lot of good, uncrowded, intermediate (and advanced) terrain. The Lassen backcountry is also less crowded than most Tahoe backcountry destinations.
You don't need to be an extreme rider to make great turns in the backcountry. If you can snowboard on ungroomed intermediate slopes at a resort you should be ready to experience the fun of backcountry snowboarding. It definitely takes some effort to get to the top of the hills, but once you're there you'll be rewarded with open bowls and tree runs with no crowds, and few, if any tracks. The experienced backcountry ski/snowboard guides of the OAC will share their knowledge of all aspects of backcountry skiing and boarding during this great weekend.
In addition to great boarding and skiing, topics covered will include:
Dressing for backcountry travel
Avalanche awareness, reading an avalanche bulletin and companion rescue techniques
Efficient uphill travel techniques
Emergency backcountry shelters and evacuation techniques
An introduction to snow study and decision making in the mountains
Your guide for this weekend is an experienced backcountry rider and guide, holds a Level III avalanche certificate and is an avalanche educator, recognized by AIARE. Your guide will show you how we read an avalanche bulletin, make observations in the field and test an area for potential avalanche hazards. Avalanche beacons and equipment are required for this trip. You can rent the avy gear from the Outdoor Adventure Club, or local outdoor stores. Your guide will clinic you on how to use it.
If you are new to the backcountry experience, we are here to help. Whether you ski or snowboard, this OAC experience can help you put your system together to enjoy the back country.
How good of a skier/boarder do you have to be to take advantage of this trip?
Don’t confuse backcountry skiing/boarding with extreme skiing. The terrain we will encounter is similar to intermediate (blue) terrain at most Tahoe resorts. Of course, there are no snow cats to groom the runs. If you are comfortable skiing/boarding blue runs that are not groomed, you should feel comfortable on this trip. We can step it up from there, riding steeper runs or notching it back to the level of the easiest intermediate or harder beginner slopes. This trip has something for every skill level!
We will be meeting and staying in a house in the small town of Mineral, just outside of Lassen National Park. During this evening, we'll check to make sure everyone has the necessary gear, and discuss our experience and skill levels. We'll help everyone determine what gear to pack for the day, and what can be left behind.
We ride and ski! We'll have breakfast at the house, then it's off to the snow. We'll start the day with an intro to avalanche rescue, and have everyone practice using their beacons. We'll also provide instruction on using skins, split boards and backcountry skis. Then we'll set out to make turns. Along the way we'll give you tips to help your uphill skiing. We'll ski and ride all day and then head into town for dinner (not included). After dinner it's back to our cabin and good night's sleep in a warm bed!
We'll get up early, have breakfast, and head out for another great day making turns in the Lassen back country. We'll pick a destination for day two based on the conditions and the comfort level of the group. We'll finish our day mid to late afternoon to allow plenty of time for the drive home.
Getting around in the backcountry:
You have several choices in the backcountry. You can use a split snowboard, randonnee skis, telemark skis, or snowshoe in and carry your boards. The best snowboard option is definitely a split board. We have several split boards available to rent if you want to try split boarding. We are happy to help you set up your system if you are new to back country skiing. Any questions you may have about these different ways of getting around can be answered by giving us a call (415-377-1195) or by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specific driving directions for the trip will come with your confirmed reservation.
Two days of guided backcountry snowboarding.
All necessary wilderness use permits
Experienced back country guides, certified as Wilderness First Responders, and trained by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), as well as the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)
Two nights in a cabin, bunk house style
The following meals: continental breakfasts on both days and lunches on both days
Group first aid kit
Avalanche beacon search clinic
You'll need to bring:
A recommended gear list will come with your confirmed reservation, but you should generally be prepared with the following:
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