Snow Basics Course, 2017

  • Would you like to spend more time each year in the wilderness?
  • Are you concerned about camping in the snow and getting cold or wet?
  • Do you feel that, if the trail is buried under snow and you can’t see where it goes, you’re lost?

You need this Course!

What is Snow Basics?

This is an introductory snow skills course designed to teach you how to safely and wisely go snowshoeing in the winter woods, spend a night or two out on the snow in your tent,  and know what to do and not do, all while progressing toward your own snow-packing adventures in the future.


 “Snow Basics Course,” the original 3-day weekend:

The original Snow Basics Course (SBC) is a 3-day, short-distance, basecamp-styled, snow-skills training trip that will empower you with new abilities, teach you how to identify avoidable hazards, eliminate fears of getting cold and wet, and build your confidence toward backpacking year ’round! This course started in 1982 as a way to help hikers of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails learn how to safely travel over snow.

This highly demanded course is being offered in both the Sierra and North Cascades! Read the Full Course Description for more information…

SBC Full Course Description

SBC Gear List

What You Will Learn in Snow Basics:

  • Over-snow Navigation
  • 87760009 Route Selection & Risk Assessment
  • Avalanche Awareness & Avoidance
  • Snow Pit Analysis
  • Self-Arrest Training & Practice
  • Ascent & Descent Skills
  • Balance, Traction, & Edge Control on your Boots, Snowshoes, and Crampons
  • Safe & Easy Creek Crossings
  • Getting to and from Water
  • Wilderness Medical
  • Hypo/hyperthermia
  • Dehydration & Altitude Sickness
  • Snowblindness & Exposure
  • Emergency Communications
  • Search & Rescue Basics
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Cooking Inside your Tent


Snow Basics Day Clinics!

If you don’t have the time for a 3-day weekend snow-camping/snow-hiking learning experience, this special 1-day event covers everything you need to know and do regarding snow-hiking on mild to moderate snow slopes as a backpacker or day-hiker!

Full Course Description & Gear List


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