INTRODUCTION TO BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST & SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2020

BRACKETT BASIN/BURNT MOUNTAIN, MAINE

 

Join CVA's Backcountry Program Director, Patrick Scanlan, along with 2 of his CVA backcountry athletes for this Introduction to Backcountry camp. Patrick will discuss equipment overview, uphill technique, transitions, and downhill technique as well as take the group on ski tours through Brackett Basin or Burnt Mountain. Hear firsthand from CVA athletes as they share their backcountry experiences.

Patrick has led backcountry ski expeditions both nationally and internationally and has been calling Sugarloaf home for the past 4 years. He is an American Mountain Guides Association Apprentice Rock, Alpine, and Ski guide, a Certified Wilderness First Responder and SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor, and American Avalanche Association Professional Avalanche 1.

Learning outcomes: Equipment overview (ski hardgoods, layering, food and nutrition, specialized gear), Uphill technique (ski touring mechanics, efficiency, track setting, kickturns), Transitions (up to down and down to up), Downhill technique (powder and glade skiing), Intro to Navigation.

Pricing:

Saturday, March 21st = $99/day

Sunday, March 22nd = $99/day

Saturday & Sunday = $198/for 2 days

Registration is closed

Lift Tickets Needed - If you do not have a Sugarloaf pass, you may buy lift tickets for a total of $50/day or $100 for the 2 day camp. They may be purchased during the registration process and the tickets will be given to you on the first day of the camp

Location of Camp: Sugarloaf, Meeting at Comp Center

Drop off location: Meet at 8:30am at the Competition Center 

Pick up Location: Athletes will return to the Competition Center at 2:30pm

Age of Campers: 14 - 17

Items to Bring List:

  • Skis with touring / uphill bindings
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • Helmet / Goggles
  • Ski Skins
  • Layers appropriate for the conditions and season
  • Packed lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle or two
  • Warm hat
  • Extra gloves
  • Ski strap

Please Contact CVA at 207-237-4459 if you do not have a Sugarloaf pass.

FMI: Patrick Scanlan, CVA Backcountry Program Director at pscanlan@gocva.com

  

SOLO WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE 

 

NOVEMBER 9-10, 2019

COMPETITION CENTER, SUGARLOAF BASE AREA 

Thanks to all who joined us! 

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.

Accidents happened, people get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.


 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS TAUGHT?

The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

IS THERE AN EXAM?

Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.

DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for re-certifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.

Pricing: Day Camper $225        

Detailed Daily Schedule:

Saturday November 9th:

8:00am - 12:00pm : Morning Session

12:15pm - 1:00pm : Lunch

1:15pm - 4:30pm : Afternoon Session

Sunday November 10th:

8:00am - 12:00pm : Morning Session

12:15pm - 1:00pm : Lunch

1:15pm - 4:30 : Afternoon Session

4:30 - 6:00pm : CPR Certification

EQUIPMENT LIST FOR WILDERNESS FIRST AID/ WFR RECERTIFICATION*

PARTICIPANTS, You should plan to wear or have with you clothing that will be appropriate to the season and location where you will be taking your course. Weather permitting; we will be spending a significant portion of the class time out-of-doors. If you have questions regarding the usual weather where your course will be held, please contact the sponsor. The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing.

NECESSARY ITEMS:

Notebook and pen / pencil

Rain gear tops and bottoms Layers of clothing (so you can take a layer off if you are hot/put one on if you are cold)

Hat - warm, not made of cotton

Mittens or gloves if it will be cold out

Backpack to put everything in

Water bottles (1qt or 1 liter) for drinking water

Foot wear for the environment (close-toed shoes for being outdoors/sandals are OK for inside)

HELPFUL ITEMS TO BRING:

Ground cloth or small tarp (6X4 sheet of plastic is fine)

Sleeping pad (ensolite, ridgerest, thermarest)

Bandannas of any kind

*Please Note: If you are a WFR Recert taking a WFA, please notify the sponsoring agency ahead of time. This course will recertify current SOLO, WMA, WMI/NOLS (and a few other schools) WFR certifications. You will need to send us proof of your current WFR status along with a small additional administrative fee after the course is complete.

INSTRUCTOR BIO'S:

PATRICK SCANLAN: 

Patrick Scanlan is the current Program Director for the CVA Backcountry program.  While not leading backcountry ski trips into some of the world’s big mountain ranges, he can be found rock climbing in New Hampshire, where he is a climbing guide for EMS Climbing School.  Patrick has also served as the resident backcountry caretaker in Tuckerman Ravine for multiple years where he assisted with dozens of technical and non-technical mountain rescues working along side, federal, state, and volunteer rescue teams. He is a Wilderness First Responder, a Wilderness Medicine Instructor for SOLO Schools, and his other industry certifications include, American Avalanche Institute Professional Level 1, AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, and AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide.  His university degree in Outdoor Education from University of New Hampshire has shaped Patrick’s engaging and hands-on teaching style to ensure you get the most out of your course. 

 

 

KATE CARCIO: 

Kate Carcio is an experienced outdoor educator/industry professional with over 15-years of experience.  Kate is a backcountry instructor for Northern Vermont University where she specializes in extended backcountry trips for leadership development and whitewater paddling.  She has extensive experience as a wilderness medical provider working in the field and on Burke Mountain ski patrol where she is the head trainer.  She is a Wilderness EMT, an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor for the National Ski Patrol, a Wilderness Medicine Instructor for SOLO Schools, an ACA Whitewater Instructor and continues to spend as much time as possible outside.  When not teaching or patrolling, Kate loves backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and trail running. 

 

FMI: CVA's Director of Backcountry, Patrick Scanlan: pscanlan@gocva.com 

CVA Backcountry team - top of Burnt Mountain 

Athletics

3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

207.237.2250

Fax: 207.237.2213
Email: kpunderson@gocva.com