Backcountry Seminar at Alta Lodge

November 14, 2007 by  
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The state of Utah in the U.S.A. is known for its diverse natural beauty with rugged deserts, well-watered river valleys and snowcapped mountains. The Alta Ski Area is situated in these snow-covered mountains. The world-class Alta Lodge is conveniently located at the base of the Alta Ski Area, a mere 32 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport. The Backcountry Skiing Seminar is to be held at Alta Lodge from the 5th to the 9th of December 2007 and again from the 2nd to the 6th of April 2008, and seminar participants have a lot to look forward to.

The three day and four nights Backcountry Skiing Seminar aims to teach skiers the fundamentals of backcountry snow skiing, while providing a whole lot of fun. The dry, powdery snow of the Wasatch Range is considered by many to offer some of the best snow skiing in the world. Along with varied terrain and stunning scenery, the Alta Ski Area offers top-class skiing conditions.

The first day will consist of skiing at the Alta Ski Area in order for skiers to get acclimatized. All day Friday and Saturday will be spent in backcountry touring while learning, and perfecting, essential skills such as avalanche awareness, safe route selection, beacon rescue, efficient skinning on skis as well as downhill skiing technique. There will be one guide to every six participants to ensure individual attention. After a full day of activity, the participants of the seminar will return to Alta Lodge for a four-course dinner and a good nights rest.

Participants in the Backcountry Seminar need to have the ability to ski on non-groomed snow. They must also be fit and enjoy hiking. The seminar includes four nights of lodging with full breakfasts, packed lunches and four-course dinners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at Alta Lodge, which has been owned and run by the same family since 1959.

Judging by the responses from previous participants of the Backcountry Skiing Seminar, a good time was had by all as they enjoyed the experience of skiing in the wilderness and making new friends, while gaining insight on snow skiing safety issues. There is every reason to expect the December 2007 seminar to be even better than ever before.