Boulder Mountaineering School, CMC Boulder Group

The CMC Ski Mountaineering course is offered through the Denver Group, and is designed to acquaint CMC members with the skills, attitudes, and awareness needed for ski mountaineering tours, such as descents in Colorado ranges, or ski traverses like the Haute Route in the Alps or the Wapta Traverse in Canada. Participants should be proficient on backcountry equipment (randonee skis, telemark skies, or split snowboards) and should be able to confidently handle black slopes at ski resorts. The goal of the course is to prepare CMC members to make the transition from skiing groomed slopes at resorts to touring the off-piste environment in the mountains. Although terrain requiring technical gear such as crampons, ice axes, ropes, etc., may be encountered during the field trips, the school will not cover glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Students interested in acquiring those skills are encouraged to enroll in the CMC High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) or the Advanced Mountaineering School (AMS).

The format of the course includes a series of lectures and field sessions that cover gear, travel techniques with backcountry gear, self-arrest techniques, emergency shelters, avalanche assessment (analysis, risk minimization, rescue), route finding, navigation, general winter mountaineering techniques, weather, group leadership, trip planning, and accident management.

Schedule: interested students need to apply for entrance; see link below for appropriate forms

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