Date and Time
Saturday, February 24, 2018
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
Registration is required for this activity.
Please contact leader.
Want to transition from the resort into the backcountry but not sure where to start?
First -what is backcountry alpine touring? The uphill portion of a tour is similar to hiking in steep terrain, but with skiis on your feet. Downhill portions are similar to skiing at a ski resort, but with the added difficulty of the trails being ungroomed.
What gear do I need? Skis similar to what you would use at a downhill ski resort, but with bindings that unlatch at the heel to allow for uphill travel (either Alpine Touring Bindings or Telemark bindings with tour mode). Skins are used for uphill travel. In the case of snowboarders, a split board can be used. For some of the intro trips, carrying a snowboard on a pack and hiking uphill with snowshoes may be a suitable alternative to a split board if the participant is experienced in snowshoe travel.
Skis and boots for alpine, telemark, and splitboard touring can be rented at many shops in MA, NH, and VT.
What ski experience should I have? At a minimum, skiers and snowboarders should be very comfortable skiing blue square and able to ski black diamond runs at ski resorts.
The intro to alpine touring track consists of multiple individual trips. Each trip is a self-contained one-day event, so no need to sign up for the entire series, choose the classes that you are interested in and that will benefit you the most.
If you are interested in the entire series, kudos to you!
New Hampshire Winter School - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED register for downmountain (advanced) course - weekend of 20 Jan OR 24 Feb
NOTE: The intro and intermediate ski programs at winter school are for XC style skiing. For alpine touring, select the advanced ski program (downmountain)
Weeknight Intro to Backcountry, Skins (5 weeks)
Mon, starting 15 Jan, Lebanon, NH
28 Jan, Bretton Woods NH
10 Feb, Bretton Woods NH
Young Members Intro to Backcountry
11 Feb, Mt Cardigan NH
More Advanced Trips:
Moosilauke Carriage Road
25 Feb, Warren NH
Monroe Brook Slide
04 Mar, Bretton Woods
11 Mar, Stowe VT
AMC Trip Policy