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Important Dates for 2014 Mazamas Ski Mountaineering Class
The Mazamas Ski Mountaineering Program is designed to teach you the skills, attitude and awareness necessary to safely enjoy the many backcountry ski opportunities that exist in the Cascades and elsewhere. Ski mountaineering in the Northwest can span the spectrum from multi-day traverses to skiing off the summits of local volcanoes to just basking in the sunshine on the South Side of Hood in July. Each tour has its special joys and dangers.
Our goal is to help you make a safe and confident transition from skiing groomed slopes at resorts to touring the off-piste environment among mountains. The focus of this course is on the skills necessary to ascend/descend non-technical intermediate level ski mountaineering climbs in the Northwest (i.e., St. Helens, Snow Dome on Mt. Hood). The format of the class includes a series of lectures and field sessions that cover gear, travel techniques on backcountry skis (and snowboards), self-arrest techniques, emergency shelters, avalanche awareness (analysis, safe travel, and rescue), route finding, navigation, general mountaineering techniques, weather, trip planning. This course does NOT cover roped travel, crevasse rescue or advanced skiing/snowboard skills.
We recommend that applicants to the program have intermediate off piste ski and snowboard skills or better. It is expected that students will be able to ski in challenging conditions that involve ice, deep powder and wind crusted slabs. The course is open to randonee (alpine touring) and telemark skiers as well as snowboarders and is taught by experienced Mazamas volunteers.
The book for the class will be provided by the Mazamas:
Additional highly recommended reading:
“Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper
“Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Revised and Even Better!: Traveling & Camping Skills for a Winter Environment” (Falcon Guides) by Allen O’Bannon and Mike Clelland
These books are available through Amazon.com.
We hope that you can join us in this program!
Cost and Registration
Mazamas Members, $275; Non-Members, $325. Includes book for class - “Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series)” by Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler and use of an avalanche safety beacon for the season.
The cancellation fee is $20 until December 20 and $50 from December 21 until January 5. After January 5, there will be NO refunds. Students are responsible for ski rentals, skins, and other mountaineering gear (beacons and shovels will be provided if needed). Age: Must be 18 years or older by the day of the first lecture.
Program capacity is limited to 30 students, so apply early to ensure a spot. To give you an idea, last year we had 50 applicants. Do not wait till the last minute to apply.
All students must attend the first introductory lecture on Monday, January 6, 2014 to obtain information about clothing, equipment and course content. All lectures, starting promptly at 7 PM, are at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (MMC) at 527 SE 43rd Avenue (at Stark), Portland, OR.
Ski Mountaineering Trips
General Equipment List
Lecture and Field Session Schedule
Lectures, except for the Gear Lecture, will be held at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, 527 SE 43rd Avenue (at Stark), Portland, OR, at 7 PM.
Monday, January 6, 2014 - Lecture
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - Lecture
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Field
Monday, January 13, 2014 - Lecture
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Lecture and Field
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - Field
Monday, January 27, 2014 Lecture
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Field - Tour 1
Monday, February 3, 2014 - Lecture
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Field
Monday, February 10, 2014 - Lecture
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Field - Tour 2
Monday, February 24, 2014 - Lecture
Saturday/Sunday, March 1 or March 1 and 2, 2014 - Field - Tour 3
Monday, March 3, 2014 - Lecture
More Questions . . .
For more a current schedule of events, refer to the Ski Mountaineering Program webpage on the Mazamas.org website, as well as the Mazamas Events Calendar online.
USDA Special Use Permit Information and Non-Discrimination Statement
Mazamas Education Programs operate under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Mazamas is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.