Description of Backcountry Basics They Didn’t Teach You in Avy 1
The backcountry is calling, and you must go—but not without the necessary education and knowledge. Dive into this course to learn how to navigate the backcountry like a seasoned veteran with tips and tricks from legendary big mountain skier and mountain guide Mike Hattrup.
This “Backcountry Basics They Didn’t Teach You in Avy 1” course draws on Hattrup’s decades’ worth of backcountry skiing and guiding experience to impart invaluable backcountry know-how you’d otherwise spend the next couple of seasons figuring out yourself—the hard way.
What you’ll learn in Backcountry Basics They Didn’t Teach You in Avy 1
- How to read avalanche reports
- How to assess backcountry terrain
- How to plan the safest touring route
- What to do if things go awry
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Before You Go Ski Touring
- Backcountry Gear
- Tour Planning
- Uphill Travel Techniques
- Backcountry Safety
- Next Steps
About Mike Hattrup
Mike Hattrup is a bonafide skiing legend, known both for his prowess as a skier and for his contribution to the industry at large. Best known for his starring roles in classic ski films including Greg Stump’s “Blizzard of Aahhhh’s,” Hattrup got his start as a mogul competitor on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. But the silver screen lured him away from the confines of mogul courses and into big mountain terrain.
While filming in Chamonix, France, he became captivated by the terrain beyond the resort boundaries, which led to him becoming one of the first certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides. He’s also a member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Black Diamond’s ski director, and he’s guided clients in the U.S., Canada, South America, Norway, and the European Alps.
Giving back has always been important to Hattrup. After his team won the Ford Sport Trac Challenge adventure race, he donated his $25,000 winnings to the American Mountain Guiding Association to create an endowment that provides ongoing tuition for guide education.
A local of Sun Valley, Idaho, Hattrup spends as much time skiing and guiding in the backcountry of the Sawtooths as possible.
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