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Hi there BackCountry Customers! This portion of our website is dedicated to helping everyone get into the exciting and rewarding sport of backcountry ski touring. Email me directly anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
and please don't take anything I've said as 100% accurate. I'm just trying to help and have fun going off of memory and looking at pictures I take. There is no precise measuring or complicated computer mapping going on here. Use this guide as a way to get ideas, meet other people, and share what you know with our backcountry community.
There is plenty of info and pictures for a hundred more ski tours and peaks on this forum. For starters you could search by all posts authored by "backcountry" which is me. I try to provide some helpful talk in my trip reports. Use the search box for filtering right to the Sierra Peaks you are interested in.
I am making subtle changes each time I read this stuff. Sorry if I confuse you, I got a C in English literature. Plus opinions just change over time on a topic like "route suggestions". What a crazy thing to begin with! Especially when there are no actual trails, we are talking about traveling over snow after all. And conditions are different each time. But there are common "trade routes" where the locals usually make a track, which are efficient and safe paths for the most part.
If you found our old Tahoe Backcountry Ski Guidebook program, disregard it as and use this thread on the Backcountry Forum.
Scroll down and I'll describe the basics. Please email me if I make a mistake. Your help creating a guide for our friends is appreciated. Against my lawyer's advice (yeah right, like I have a lawyer) I don't measure contour lines for mileage and slope pitch. There is no factual book of names for places in the backcountry either. Just doing my best here! I can take any criticism, critique, and advice. Anyway, my goal is really to just start the discussion for users to enrich with more personal, fun, entertaining, and informational posts.
How else can you stay safe in the backcountry?
In addition to reading trip reports and my guidebook entries:
1. Follow the Sierra Avalanche Center daily discussion. You will learn a lot, and also be reminded of things you forgot.
2. Take mountain skills classes from our local experts at ASI. Yes, there are other guide services, but you can feel good spending your hard earned money with them. Bela has been in business for over 30 years, and helped ESTABLISH the IFMGA program for mountain guides of this country to be recognized world wide; particularly with the ski mountaineering program. He has been a teacher and examiner of ski guides. He has taught ski touring skills and avalanche training longer than anyone, and is simply an incredible teacher. His guides are no different. They are really fun people you will feel good about supporting. And like our shop, no one is getting rich. Please support your local mountain guides and mountain shop. Your support will come back to you with great relationships, free advice, and of course the continued livelihood of our businesses. True you could take a less expensive course at the college. But is that taught by a real lifer mountain guide who has skied and climbed around the world? I doubt it.
3. Read Backcountry Magazine. Monthly tech tips, avy science updates, where to go, gear reviews, and general stoke. Totally worth the 6 bucks. We sell this great magazine as well as Climbing, Telemark Magazine, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, etc...
4. Go get your feet wet immediately. You won't get lost on a sunny day near the road, and you won't get in an avalanche on low angle treed slopes. Follow the skin track halfway up the mountain. Just get out there! How do you think we learned the ropes? Most of the ski tours we are talking about have an obvious skin track to follow every day of the year. Iron out the bugs with your gear and overall efficiency. So when you hire a guide or get invited by experienced friends, you aren't holding people back with binding questions or blister problems.
5. Meet me in the store anytime for a personal consultation. Obviously I'm going to hope you buy some stuff. But I want you to succeed at this, enjoy it, and turn your friends into ski touring fanatics as well. I talk about the gear all day long and won't waste your time. I would love to help you figure out what makes the most sense for backcountry touring gear as well as what peaks to try and tackle. I'll give you some tips for traveling safe and efficiently anytime you want to hear it from me! email me anytime and we will hook up. email@example.com
6. Need backcountry partners? Try our messageboard "looking for partners" thread. Also come to our slideshow series on wed nights, starting Dec 4th at Squaw Oly Plaza Bar 7pm. We are all there. Meet people in our shop! Lots of ski touring folks there obviously, many on weekends are in your shoes. Take a guided ASI skills class, where you'll also find other newbies looking for partners. And just go out there and be friendly at the trailhead and on the summit. Meeting people is easy in this sport, everyone is so cool!
But first, please read this warning before continuing!
These maps were not created with GPS accuracy. The recommended routes on these maps may be dangerous and even deadly depending on many variables such as current avalanche danger, weather, snowpack depth, skill and experience level, and time of day. If you are not an expert and experienced backcountry skier, snowboarder, snowshoer, or climber, we highly recommend you hire a professional guide to take you into the backcountry. We recommend excellent local guides and backcountry skills classes from www.alpineskills.com. You take FULL responsibility for yourself and your party when using this website for advice. There are inherent risks in going into the backcountry to ski, snowboard, snowshoe or climb. Those using this guide do so entirely at their own risk, and the author disclaims any liability for injury or any other damage by anyone traveling in the areas described. Please be patient if our guidebook recommendations end up being wrong for you. We don't know who you are! We are just showing you where we like to go enjoy the backcountry. Have a great time and please be safe!