Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction

Overview

American Alpine Institute has partnered with Alpine Lakes High Camp (formerly Scottish Lakes High Camp) to offer multiple hut-based AIARE Rec 1 and Rec 2 courses, as well as guided backcountry skiing, splitboarding, and snowshoeing.

Tucked up near the boundary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the High Camp is comprised of 9 cabins (the smallest of which sleeps 2 and the largest sleeps up to 10), a lodge, a wood-fired hottub and a sauna. Most of the cabins consist of one room, and many have additional lofts. Each cabin is equipped with a warm and cozy wood stove, bright propane wall lamps, a propane cooking stove, all necessary dishes and cookware, and a table and chairs. Comfortable mattresses and pillows are provided in all cabins, all you need to bring is a sleeping bag, pillowcase, libations, food, and fun.

 

Hot tub

 

Family members are welcome to join you for the stay, even if they are not participating in the course or guided adventure. There are miles of trails available for cross-country skiing and smaller, kid-friendly hills for tubing and sledding!

Snowshoeing

Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction

Courses and Programs

AIARE Rec 1 Courses

  • Jan 09 - Jan 11, 2018
  • Feb 06 - Feb 08, 2018
  • Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2018

 

Cost:  $580

Please see the AIARE Rec 1 Course page on our website for more information on course curriculum.

 

AIARE Rec 2 Courses

    • Jan 09 - Jan 11, 2018
    • Feb 06 - Feb 08, 2018
    • Feb 27 - Feb 29, 2018

 

Cost:  $595

Please see the AIARE Rec 2 Course page on our website for more information on course curriculum.

 

Inclusions (for both of the above courses):  course fees, guide fees, lodging fees and standard amenities (mattresses, pillows, dishes, cookware), transportation from the Alpine Lakes High Camp parking lot to the cabins.

Exclusions (for both of the above courses):  travel before and after the program, personal clothing, backcountry travel equipment (skis, splitboard, snowshoes), avalanche safety equipment, sleeping bags or blankets, pillowcases, food.

 

Other instruction and guided outings

Besides the AIARE courses, we are also able to offer instructional courses in backcountry skiing or splitboarding on a private basis to individuals or groups. You can add this private instruction after one of our public group courses, or it can be arranged as a stand-alone program.

In addition to instruction, we can also do guided trips into the backcountry. Step out the door of your cabin and follow the expertise of you guide to find the best snow and rip some amazing turns in the untracked powder of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Please call our office for pricing and availability of these custom programs.

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