Catamount Trail Association Backcountry Day
Date: Feb 8 2015
Intermediate Overland Touring
Our Intermediate Overland Touring Course will take the form of a teaching tour where the group will explore easier backcountry trails in search of teachable moments. The emphasis during this track will be learning by doing. Topics similar to those in the intro course will be covered – layering strategies, what to pack, efficient travel, stopping, speed control, turning, downhill strategies, etc… – however you will be practicing these skills and putting them to use under slightly more challenging conditions. Once comfortable with the skills presented you will be ready to participate in one of Catamount Trail Association Introductory Day Tours.
Introduction to Mountain Touring
This track is intended for expert level skiers and riders who are new to exploring the backcountry. Maybe you just purchased your first set of AT equipment or splitboard and are looking for some guidance on using it and playing safely and responsibly in the woods. This course will take the form of an instructional tour and will cover layering strategies, what it means to be prepared, navigation, efficient touring and uphill techniques, etc… We will NOT be teaching downhill ski and snowboard technique. If you are considering registering for this course you should be comfortable navigating black diamond level gladed terrain at a resort. At end of the course you will be more comfortable using your equipment and making the transition from ski-to-hike, or hike-to-ski. You will also be more prepared to safely spend a full day in the backcountry.
9:15am – Check-In at Bolton Valley Nordic Center
9:45am – Introduction & Welcome
10:00am – Instruction Begins
2:00pm – Instruction Ends