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Wing Ridge Mountain Wilderness Skills Training

 Wing Ridge Ski Tours in Northeastern Oregon 
Backcountry Skiing/Riding 101--Jan 16-18, 2016--$700.00 per person 3 day/2 night, hut fees, meals, guides
Description: A 3-day workshop held at the Wing Ridge Hut in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon where prime backcountry terrain is at our doorstep. The Camp is focused to provide experience and skills for more safely traveling in a variety of terrain settings with a group.

Participants techniques and skills necessary to be a competent member of a backcountry party with a particular focus toward Avalanche Awareness while enjoying backcountry skiing and splitboarding. During the 3 days we will consider the weather and Snowpack stability, the skills and interests of the group and develop a tour plan each day. While out in the field we will continue to assess avalanche hazard, practice route selection uphill and downhill while managing the terrain with safe backcountry travel and skiing protocols. Learning to use your gear, develop navigational skills and assess the terrain for snow quality and stability will also be an emphasis.

Curriculum: Daily tour prep and planning/ Basic map reading/intro compass use/GPS. Efficient use and care of of AT, telemark, and splitboard equipment as well as avalanche beacon use skills. Also included: understanding mountain weather and snowpack, slab avalanche mechanics, basic avalanche hazard evaluation, and relating snow qualities to slope aspect and terrain shape. In addition skills focus on human factors in mountain travel: group management in alpine terrain while skiing, route selection, and trail setting uphill/downhill; emergency decision-making for backcountry mishaps, avalanche accidents, and companion search and rescue.

Ski Mountaineering Skills Training--Dates TBA--$950 person 4-day/3-night, hut fees, meals, bedding, instructors
Description: Held at the 7,000 foot elevation Norway Yurt, this camp is perfect for skiers and snowboarders who would like to further develop skills in mountaineering and steep skiing techniques. The goal is to give each participant the experience in snow climbing and skiing to join ventures to other snowy mountain ranges of the world. During the course we will ascend several of southern Wallowa Mountain summits and descend couloirs. This particular alpine location is perfect for developing exposed travel skills and providing opportunities for technical ski/board descents. Spring also provides opportunities for splendid corn skiing or the chance to do some really great powder skiing in the high alpine bowls weather permitting. It is an excellent opportunity for skiing and exploring lines of the range that are inaccessible during the winter months.

Curriculum: During the four days we will focus on skiing in technical alpine terrain and incorporating clinics in snow climbing, the proper use of ice axe, rope, and additional safeguards while ski mountaineering. Mountain weather, route selection and group management, along with evaluating avalanche and other objective hazards will be considered while traveling each day. While skill development and alpine objectives are themes of the course, we will take time to also relax, ski, and enjoy each day in the incredible southern Wallowas.

General campware, shelter, food and cookware will be provided by WAH. Participants will need to provide their own personal equipment.

500 N. River Street  Enterprise OR 97828    541-426-4887      or

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