Ski season is well underway here in the west and conditions are looking good for trips into the backcountry or resort sidecountry. Leaving the crowded ski resorts and venturing into your local backcountry areas is a very rewarding and increasingly popular way to ski and enjoy untraveled areas. We are gearing up for our backcountry skiing season and offering both One Day and Multi-Day backcountry ski trips in the uncrowded and powder laden Tushar Mountains of Southern Utah.
Backcountry skiing demands a more advanced skill set than the recreational resort skier. Avalanche and mountain weather education are necessary for safely and responsibly enjoying these backcountry venues. Basic avalanche education classes are a great way to learn the skill necessary to make safe decisions in the backcountry. The American Avalanche Institute offers a complete curriculum of avalanche education courses and are considered the industry leader. All Zion Mountain School backcountry ski guides have completed Avalanche Level II courses at a minimum,
Current avalanche forecasts and mountain weather reports are useful tools to use when making decisions about when and where to backcountry ski. The Utah Avalanche Center gives daily avalanche forecasts, reports on avalanche activity, and provide links for local mountain weather.Click this link for the Tushar Mountain weather forecast. This is a tremendous service for backcountry users and is a valuable tool we use when venturing into our local areas but are not a substitute for avalanche education and good judgement.
We are excited for our upcoming ski season and look forward to sharing some of our favorite areas with you. The Yurts are all set up and we are currently booking multi-day yurt trips and single day ski tours. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the snow.