If you are a proficient resort skier or snowboarder and are looking into breaking into the backcountry, let our professional guides help ease the learning curve.
Do you own the essential avalanche rescue gear, but don’t feel proficient in the application? Get your gear, clothing and rescue gear dialed, so you can enjoy ski touring or splitboarding from day one. Our professional guides have helped hundreds of guests dial in their rescue skills, skinning technique, and downhill movement. Our Intro to Backcountry Riding/skiing tours run January-early April.
We will meet at a predetermined location in either La Grande or Union at 7:30am to have breakfast and review the plan for the day. The drive to one of our chosen trailheads is only 30 minutes from La Grande. Once at the trailhead we begin a snowmobile tow for roughly 4-6 miles. From here we will slap on our skins and begin working our way uphill. There’s great terrain options for intermediate to advanced skiers, regardless of avalanche danger. Personal fitness and skiing ability will determine the terrain we access and vertical gain/loss we log.
We require that all guests have an avalanche beacon, shovel & probe for our outings. If you do not have your own, you can rent one from ECMG for the day.