Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry skiing at Devil's ThumbSunday, February 18th

9:00am                - Meet in the Outdoor Adventures for pre-trip clinic, gear sizing

11:00am               - Arrive at Moose Mt, get skinning passes and ski  

3:00pm                - Return to Outdoor Adventures


Trip description:

Want to try backcountry skiing?  This program is for you.  It includes some pre-trip education, a discussion of the different gear involved, the gear you will need to get out and ski, transportation to Moose Mountain, a day skinning pass at the ski hill, and trip leaders who will lead the way as you do a few runs up and then down on this fun day out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo not taken at Moose Mtn, but goes to show where                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              backcountry skiing can take you!

Things to bring:

  • AT Skis
  • Skins
  • AT Boots
  • Adjustable ski poles
  • Helmet
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear tops and bottoms
  • Softshell or wind jacket
  • Fleece shirt or wool sweater
  • Puffy coat for breaks
  • Day pack
  • Snacks and water
  • Snow pants and shell jacket for snow and wind protection
  • Warm winter gloves or mitts
  • Warm (wool or synthetic) socks
  • Warm wool or fleece hat
  • Neck gaiter

Bold Items can be provided by OA as a part of the trip.


Refund Policy:

Payment in full is required to sign up for a trip.  A 100% refund is available if you notify the Outdoor Adventures office of the cancellation more than two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the trip.  Cancellation one week to 3 days (13 to 3 days) before the trip entitles the participant to a 50% refund. No refund is provided if the participant does not show up or cancels 2 days prior to the trip.


Safety and Risk Management:

Due to the nature of outdoor travel there are certain inherent risks in all of Outdoor Adventures’ trips.  Acceptable risks include natural and manmade hazards found on the ski hill.  Hazards present due to other skiers and snowboarders on the hill, changing weather conditions or failure of a skier to ski within their ability.  Driving risks may include slick and snowy roads, poor visibility, and wildlife.  Please note that trip cancellations are possible with temperatures colder than -10F.  It is important to recognize that you are voluntarily participating in this activity. There are risks inherent in outdoor pursuits, by choosing to participate, you agree that you appreciate and accept responsibility for these risks.  Alaska is a wild place - you need to take ultimate responsibility for your own safety as only you can. For your protection we require you to carry health Insurance. You can purchase insurance for $2.60/day from the University (ask for details). All info is subject to change due to safety, weather, current conditions, etc.!