Scheduled Course - Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Similar to the Wasatch Mavens, this program is a season-long backcountry development series meant to bring the men in our community together over a common passion of skiing & riding outside the confines of the resort.

This mentorship is spread out over a full winter season so skiers and riders can learn to analyze the changing snowpack, develop a broader knowledge of backcountry terrain in the Wasatch, practice and implement decision-making skills in avalanche terrain, expand on avalanche study and awareness, bond with fellow backcountry enthusiasts and build a deeper connection with experts in the field.

Topics Include:

  • Dial in your backcountry setup, review what to bring & what not to; learn how to stay warm and not overheat on the trail
  • Discuss all the available avalanche tools and the pros & cons of certain ones
  • Implement beacon function and distance checks
  • Guides evaluate and give feedback on avalanche rescue skills & drills
  • Methodize your tour planning - use systems and methods to help formulate options and the intention of the touring day (avi and wx forecast, tour plan options, red light/green light etc.)
  • Dig pits, practice on-the-go tests, and record daily findings
  • Evolve your decision-making skills in relation to the changing snowpack
  • Dial in your uphill skinning technique, efficiency, kick turns and breathing
  • Understand what constitutes an efficient, low-risk skin track
  • Develop your ability to ski or ride in backcountry conditions
  • Test your limits - on steeps, trees, variable snow conditions, mixed terrain and distance
  • Get a taste for ski-mountaineering - when is it useful to have sharp things? Pros & cons of equipment, Ice axe & crampon 101 & belayed skiing/riding
  • Ride a novel line - put all your skills together towards the end of the season and push for a long day skiing & riding a Wasatch Classic
  • Learn how to be a leader and a great backcountry companion
  • Work as a team to build each other up and be your best self while getting fit, saving $$ and being out in nature!

NOTE: Guides plan to cover the skills and objectives listed above in detail and will assign primary objectives a day or 2 prior depending on weather and conditions, for example, we don't want to waste a perfectly good powder day on rescue & beacon drills.

How to Register:

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Mens' Backcountry Mentorship

Course Details

2022-23 Dates

Dec 9, 2022 Friday
(afternoon Meet & Greet)
Dec 16, 2022 Friday
Dec 30, 2022 Friday
Jan 13, 2023 Friday
Jan 27, 2023 Friday
Feb 10, 2023 Friday
Feb 24, 2023 Friday
Mar 10, 2023 Friday


8 Fridays


Salt Lake City, Utah


$1,600 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.


Must be comfortable hiking 3000'+ at a swift pace in a day. Having your Level 1 Avalanche training prior to this series is highly recommended. Comfortable, confident & in control making linked turns in all types of terrain, snow conditions (tight trees, steep, variable snow, powder, hardpack, narrow exit trails).

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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