Step away from resort skiing into freedom of movement! Kaf Adventures wants to help you earn your turns beyond the ski areas! We want to instruct you in the tools and techniques necessary for winter mountain ski touring. We want support your education, help you gain confidence traveling in the backcountry, and have fun in a beautiful mountain setting!
|AGES||18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
|PREREQUISITES||Intermediate to advanced in-bound skiers/snowboarders
Ability to ski/ride black diamond runs in a variety of snow conditions
A snowboard that has the ability to move into “tour” mode
Physical ability to hike for 4-5 hours with a 30lb pack
Avalanche: Intermediate or Avalanche: Advanced recommended
|WHAT YOU WILL LEARN||How to select, use & care for the necessary equipment for a day of backcountry skiing or splitboarding
Create a suitable tour plan using avalanche warning forecasts
Use topographic maps for winter navigation
Decision making & hazard identification in avalanche terrain
Practice uphill and downhill travel techniques
2 Days of professional instruction
Group camping and cookware for overnight camping if desired
|NOT INCLUDED||Transportation (carpool options available).
Backcountry skis, boots, and bindings
Personal avalanche safety gear
|EQUIPMENT||You will receive a full packing list upon registration. Contact Kaf Adventures with specific gear questions. You will be responsible for the following:
Skis, boots, and bindings (Metal edge skis, plastic boots, and Randonee/alpine touring/downhill Telemark bindings) Cross-country skis will not work for backcountry tours.
Splitboard with adjustable bindings that move into “tour” mode efficiently (Soft boots are ok, and hard boots are preferred)
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel.
|RENTALS||We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.|
|TRANSPORTATION & TIMES||We recognize that transportation can be tricky. Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.|
|WHAT’S NEXT||The perfect compliment to an Skiing/Splitboarding: Intermediate course is the Avalanche: Intermediate.|
As a multi-day experience, participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Meeting times, vary but most likely at 6:30am. Please consider driving as a caravan and all driving will take place on plowed roads to summit passes. Chains for your vehicle will be required.
Back country locations vary in Washington. Plan on driving up to 2.5 hours or less to the location. A pre-trip route plan and avalanche assessment meeting will commence at a pre-established location. Once at the location, all participants will begin their ski/splitboard tour.
We will cover the avalanche rescue drill and avalanche terrain assessment while on a ski tour. Several runs of up to 1,000 ft. are possible.
At the end of Day one participants can choose to snow camp overnight near the vehicles, or travel to a lodge hotel room. The costs is incurred by the participants.
This second day will begin with an avalanche bulletin and risk assessment meeting. Participants will be more likely to make decisions based on their goals and outcomes. Touring, as well as skiiing/splitboarding will be a priority.
As an intermediate course, plan to ascend and descend up to 1,000 ft or more throughout each day. There will be short stops for education in a cold environment. Plan on standing in the snow for up to 30 minutes at a time with long periods of physical movement.
Plan on being home by 9pm on Day 2.
Course will take place at either:
- Olympic Mountains
- Mt. Baker
- Mt. Rainier.
We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.Book Online