Backcountry - November Newsletter

Winter came early!  Skiers are already enjoying some October powder turns in the high mountains.  This is very exciting, but remember early season backcountry skiing requires a high level of avalanche awareness and route finding technique.  The snowpack is not set up yet and avalanches are very unpredictable this time of year!

4 Month Backcountry Program

4 Month Backcountry Program is a go!  A few remaining spots for the backcountry team.  This program includes weeknight training sessions at Snow King Mountain, and several guided touring days in Grand Teton National Park.  Athletes will also earn an Avalanche Level One certification upon completion of the program!

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

Check out the JHSC backcountry program webpage for more info and to sign up!


Club Wide Avalanche Education

We are excited to announce that avalanche awareness education for all athletes over the age of 10 will be included in regular team programing!  Athletes will build upon what they learned in last years avalanche awareness sessions.

Its not too early to reserve your spot in the club wide touring day.  January 3rd, we will tour in GTNP.  There is some demo gear available free of charge for those needing skis and bindings, please contact for more information on this.


JHSC Backcountry Pack Kits

The Backcountry Program has ordered 5 beacon, shovel, probe, pack kits from Black Diamond.  This gear is top of the line available for checkout to all JHSC athletes.  We are very excited to offer an oppritunity of athletes to use top level new gear on their backcountry touring outings.  Stay tuned to next months newsletter for photos on this!