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
- 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 an optional combined training day for the alpine, nordic, and freeride teams. Please visit this page for more information and training dates.
04/11/2022 - 11:51am
02/28/2022 - 3:06pm
The Backcountry Program has been up to some fun! Both the mini mountaineers and 4 month program are in full swing. This means 30 kids are skiing up snow king on Thursdays! All of the training at Snow King has really paid off.
02/01/2022 - 3:43pm
A big highlight of January was the backcountry program's first ever trip! We headed as a group to a backcountry ski lodge in the Bitterroot mountains of Montana.