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Mountain Savvy Workshop aims to help youth be smart skiers

Posted: December 28, 2012 - 1:04am

Eaglecrest Ski Area will be hosting a series of “Mountain Savvy” workshops for 12- to 14-year-olds interested in exploring Eaglecrest and it’s surrounding terrain on skis and snowboards.

This workshop is open to skiers and riders who can comfortably ski/ride the East and West Bowls in most conditions. This workshop requires the ability to ski or ride off the groomed trails in all conditions. Participants will get off the groomers and explore Eaglecrest’s off piste terrain. Workshop is taught by certified Eaglecrest patrollers and experienced mountain guides.

This workshop will provide a one day introduction to the important skills for exploring the mountain. It will identify the different things to be aware of both inside and outside the ski area boundaries. It will introduce tools and tactics to keep participants and their friends safe regardless of where they choose to ski or ride. The Mountain Savvy workshop aims to give them the foundation for developing good decision-making skills.

Participants who have access to travel and rescue gear such as a compass, GPS, avalanche beacon, probe, or shovel should bring these tools to the workshop. These tools will be provided for those who do not have access.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

Session 1: Jan. 4

Session 2: Jan. 21

Session 3: Feb. 18

Session 4: March 18

Participants should meet at the Eagle’s Nest and be ready to spend the day out on the mountain. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and plenty of water.

Program fee is $20 and participants must provide their own lift tickets or have a season pass. Paid registration is required and space is limited.

Call the Eaglecrest Snowsports School at 790-2000, ext. 211 to make reservations.

For questions about the Mountain Savvy program you can email:

Chris Eckel

Eaglecrest Ski Patrol

chris_eckel@skijuneau.com

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