Ski Mountaineering School

If you are interested in taking your downhill skiing skills and experience to the backcountry and into the mountains, the Ski Mountaineering School offered by the Colorado Mountain Club may be for you.  The Ski Mountaineering School is intended to develop the skills, attitudes, and awareness needed for ski mountaineering tours, such as 13′er and 14′er ski descents in Colorado and ski traverses and ski mountaineering routes in Europe and Canada.  Some of the topics covered include planning and preparation, ski gear and equipment, ski techniques, route finding, and avalanche assessment.

Prerequisites include completion of first aid and a recent AIARE Level I Avalanche Course (or approved equivalent).  If you have not completed an avalanche course with at least a two full days of field practice, you should enroll in a CMC AIARE Level I Avalanche Course or equivalent.

Participants using alpine touring, telemark, or split snowboard gear are welcome.  This school is designed for CMC members with a good level of fitness (should be able to hike 1,000 vertical feet in an hour), the ability to ski black diamond slopes at downhill ski areas, some familiarity with backcountry skiing, and basic mountaineering skills and experience.  The emphasis of this course is not on teaching ski techniques but to integrate ski equipment and skills into the mountaineering experience.

2015 Schedule

The course consists of 3 weekday evening lectures and weekend field trips The lectures will be held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

March 12, 2015, Thursday, SMS Lecture #1, 6:30 – 9 pm

March 19, 2015, Thursday, SMS Lecture #2, 6:30 – 9 pm

March 26, 2015, Thursday, SMS Lecture #3, 6:30 – 9 pm

March 21, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Mandatory]

March 28, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Mandatory]

April 4, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

April 11, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

April 18, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

April 25, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

May 2, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

May 9, 2015, Saturday, SMS Field Day [Must participate in five different dates of your choice]

May 16-18, Saturday/Sunday/Monday, SMS Field Day (Multi-day) [Participate in at least one of these]

May 23-25, Saturday/Sunday/Monday, SMS Field Day (Multi-day) [Participate in at least one of these]

COST:

Registration is by application only. The cost of the school is $140 for Denver members and $160 for non-Denver members. For more information, or for an application, please contact this year’s Director John Morrone at: skimountaineeringschool@gmail.com For general questions, contact the CMC office at: 303- 279-3080 option 2, or email office@cmc.org.

Application:  2015 Ski-Mountaineering-School-Student-Application

Please fill out and email to skimountaineeringschool@gmail.com or fax back to the CMC office at 303-279-9690.

Note: Student/Participant requests for refunds of tuition/fees must be requested in writing to the appropriate school or event director. Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of the school/event will be processed less a $10 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the school/event will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made after the beginning of the school/event. However, a refund less $10 can be obtained if a person is found to take the original student’s place in a school.

 

 

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