Backcountry Program

The goal of the JHSC backcountry program is to foster an environment and knowledge base in which athletes feel comfortable traveling safely and efficiently over snow in an uncontrolled mountain environment.

Student-athletes will gain hands-on experience with:

  • avalanche education 
  • backcountry equipment
  • snowpack evaluation
  • tour planning
  • forecasting
  • human factors and group dynamics
  • post-trip debriefing and analysis

Our programs will include open communication and discussions that will prepare student-athletes to provide valuable input in the decision-making process on guided ski trips, backcountry tours, or perhaps as future professionals in the industry. Eventually, participants in this program will have opportunities to help deliver education and awareness programs to younger JHSC student-athletes and/or the Jackson Hole community.

Backcountry skiing and splitboarding require a high level of physical fitness and technique both uphill and down.  In an effort to have the most enjoyable ski touring experience possible athletes in the clinics and touring days will practice proper skinning, gear selection, as well as build physical and mental strength in the mountains. Whether it be a short lap out of bounds at a resort, a large scale ski mountaineering objective, a randonnee race, or a furthering their avalanche education, our coaches will meet athletes where they are at, helping them achieve their goals. 

Our club wide avalanche education programs will be held during regular training days for the alpine, nordic, and freeride teams.  Please visit this page for more information and training dates.

 

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Team News

03/08/2020 - 8:47pm
This last month has had some of the best backcounry skiing conditions you could ask for!  The team has worked hard all season honing in their skills such as avalanche awareness, transitions, kick turns, and uphill fitness.  We have become quite th
01/30/2020 - 3:52pm
January has been avalanche awareness month for the backcountry program!  Athletes have completed there recreational level one avalanche certification through the American Avalanche Institute.  Typically those who sign up for an avalanche class hav
01/05/2020 - 7:15pm
December was a busy month for JHSC backcountry programs!  Club wide avalanche programming has wrapped up for all Alpine teams and Freeride teams.  This included activities such as avalanche rescue relay races, constructing mini scaled snow packs o