Waterville Valley launched a new six-week program in 2020, “Out of Bounds,” designed for skiers and riders interested in learning about the equipment, technique and terrain that comes with uphill enthusiasts on the mountain looking to earn their turns.
“With alpine touring growing in popularity at a rapid rate, we want to not only embrace the uphill community, but make the sport more accessible for those looking to get into it,” said Ian Cullison, Adventure Center director. “This program will allow participants to learn how to access the backcountry safely.”
Each week, participants will build on their existing skills by learning about the basics of alpine touring, including equipment, gear preparation, uphill movement and travel skills, local terrain available, and descending.
“With 125 miles of trail and a wide range of terrain, Waterville Valley is such a great place to alpine tour and explore,” said Jen Holloway, program creator and local Waterville Valley resident who will be leading the series.
Participants are sent a comprehensive packing list, terrain overview and a meeting location before every outing. No touring experience is required, but participants should be comfortable descending and stopping on all blue square terrain and be at least 18 years of age.
Visit www.waterville.com/seasonal-programs for dates and more information.