Kirkwood Sidecountry and classes
I am looking at Kirkwoods backcountry classes and I see these:
# Backcountry Awareness Clinics )teach winter enthusiasts the skills they need to be safe while exploring backcountry terrain
# Intro to Backcountry Touring
# Avalanche Level 1 Courses
Apparently the intro to backcountry touring is a step up from the backcountry awareness clinic but which ones are neccecary for someone who wants to go in the kirkwood sidecountry (if anyone knows kirkwood I was thinking like california chute and building some jumps on the other side of the ridge of chair 6 and 10) Im not going to be going on long adventures just little sessions over the ski boundry.
Also they say I need "full touring gear" what would that entail other than a shovel probe what about transciever and beacon?
It looks really fun I just dont want to run out there and I am unsure on how to prepare. Ive skiied everywhere inbounds at kirkwood except palisades and im looking for something new.
By full touring gear the mean having the stuff to be able to travel in the backcountry. So snowshoes and a pack that can carry your avy gear plus a board, or a splitboard. I suspect, they will drop a ridge out of the resort, then hike up and drop one or two more before making it back to the resort/highway. With the California snowpack the way it is, snowshoes would probably work fine though a split would be better. With the terrain surrounding Kirkwood, I am sure it would be some righteous turns.
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