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Adventure East, Backcountry Skiing

January 28 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am EST

Come explore some of the best backcountry skiing in Southern New England. We will be traveling uphill so we can then ski back down! We will cover the following topics:

  • Safety in the backcountry
  • Putting skins on your skis
  • Skinning technique
  • Making turns going uphill
  • Transitioning from uphill mode to downhill mode
  • Removing, folding and storing your skins
  • Backcountry skiing technique

This is not a learn to ski class; you should already know how to ski on intermediate trails that are not groomed. The terrain we will ski down on can include beginner, intermediate, or expert terrain depending on our location and group abilities. One of the exciting parts of backcountry skiing is the variety of conditions and terrain. You’ll gain an appreciation for many different snow conditions.

If you have never experienced alpine touring before we highly recommend a lesson in alpine touring at Berkshire East before taking a backcountry tour.

Mt. Ascutney

Nestled in Windsor, VT, Ascutney is home to some of the most challenging and exciting skiing in the region. Quickly gaining popularity as an accessible backcountry destination for backcountry skiers and snow shoe adventure, the upper slopes of the former Mount Ascutney Ski Area offer un-groomed snow and powder when conditions allow.

Jan 28
8am

Petersburg Pass

Petersburg Pass is an old ski area on the NY/MA border on RT 2 with nearly 700′ vert on steep, gladed terrain.

Feb 4
8am

Beartown State Forest

Beartown Backcountry exists as a partnership between WMass Backcountry Alliance (WMBA) and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  This unique winter recreation area, located entirely within the Beartown State Forest, returns skiers once again to the north facing slopes of the former Beartown Ski Resort in South Lee. BONUS: Ski with some of the founders of WMBA!

Feb 11
8am

Thunderbolt Trail

The Thunderbolt Trail run from the summit of Mt. Greylock – the highest point in Massachusetts – boasts picturesque views and is one of the most beloved trails in the area.
*Thunderbolt is for advanced skiers, and you should be experienced skiing in steep narrow terrain with variable snow conditions.

Feb 25
8am

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THIS EXPERIENCE

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Transportation on the Adventure Bus from Sunderland, MA

Touring Skis and Skins

Backcountry ski guide

WHAT TO BRING

Your Alpine Ski Boots

Winter clothing appropriate for temperatures. Layering is important as you will be hot while traveling uphill and then need additional layers to keep warm going down.

Backpack to carry your skins, extra layers, water, snacks, etc.

OTHER NOTES:

Email us for private lessons and guiding.

Price:
$145
Age:
16 and up
Fitness Level:
Fit
Skill Level:
Advanced
Waiver:
Each participant, or their guardian, must sign a waiver to participate in an Adventure East experience. Following payment of your online booking, your reservation confirmation will include a link to e-sign the waiver. Due to insurance requirements, we are unable to accommodate guests who do not sign a waiver.

Details

Date:
January 28
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am EST
Website:
https://adventureeast.com/experiences/categories/ski-touring

Organizer

 Adventure East
Phone
413-800-5345
View Organizer Website