Tired of a one-off class? Tour 56+ hours alongside professionals and mountain mavens for a fun, unique, season that will take you above and beyond your winter goals in great company. Spend this winter season with renowned professional guides and athletes during this women centered backcountry series and gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to become a connoisseur of the backcountry!
This program is focused on the women's experience in the backcountry. We encourage women-identifying individuals, non-binary, gender non-conforming people to come together and learn in this season-long series.
Our goal is to inspire and motivate skiers and riders in the community to get outside the confines of the resort, explore boundless terrain, gain new perspectives and bond with like-minded individuals.
AMGA/IFMGA and/or broadly experienced backcountry guides and avalanche professionals will be your mountain mentors and companions throughout the season. They are personable, relatable backcountry experts and are committed to meet each individual at their current backcountry level and help them progress from there.
Who should join the Mavens?
NOTE: Guides plan to cover the goals listed above as indicated by current weather, avalanche and snow conditions. For example, we don't want to waste a low-hazard powder day on rescue drills.
How Can I Join the Mavens?
What is the Assessment Tour?
To get the most out of the winter-long series we will start with an evaluation tour to properly place participants within the program.
The Assessment Tour(s) is the first field day (6-8 hours) where guests and guides will tour in the backcountry and review companion rescue skills. It is required that guests attend this tour. It will provide guides and participants the chance to meet each other. It will consist of an uphill tour (~1500-2000') and skiing downhill in backcountry (variable) snow conditions. Guides will also learn about students' backcountry goals and education level. Participants will be coached and practice efficient companion rescue, using beacon, shovel and probe.
This is not meant to deter anyone. It's meant to enhance participants' experience by creating compatible tour groups for everyone, while also sharpening rescue skills for the upcoming season!
UMA will offer two Assessment Tour dates (choose one):
How to Register:
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Dog Lake Chutes
6 or 7 full-day Field Sessions. 6-8 hr days, starting at 7:30 - 8:00am.
Salt Lake City, Utah
$1,750 plus tax
*UMA requires a 50% deposit at booking, the remainder will be charged 1 week prior to the first outing.
UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the series if fewer than 2 participants register.
Be capable of ascending 2000'+ at a steady pace in a day. Comfortable & in control linking turns in varied ungroomed snow (light and dense powder, crusts, firm snow, etc) and terrain (trees, gullies, steeps, narrow exit trails).
*Please give a thorough and honest description, when you register for the program, of your skill and experience, to help it be safe and a good series for all. The goal will certainly be soft snow and powder skiing, but exits at the end of the day can be challenging.View All Ski & Boarding Courses Guiding & Instruction Ski & Snowboard Equipment Logistics Frequently Asked Questions