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Backcountry Basecamp +

Join Backcountry Magazine staff and editors for a three-day immersive course designed for people who want to learn the basics of backcountry skiing and discover new lines in the Wasatch. Develop your knowledge, skills and experience in “the greatest snow on earth,” led by the experienced professional guides of The Backcountry Pros while you demo the latest Scott ski gear.

Each day will begin with instruction, skill development and route orientation, followed by a guided backcountry tour in the Wasatch. The day ends with a reflection of lessons learned and planning for the next day, followed by a hearty dinner and an evening relaxing and socializing with like-minded adventurers. The package includes three nights at the legendary Goldminer’s Daughter in Alta, all meals and the chance to try out the latest available backcountry gear.

More about Basecamp: This trip opportunity is in conjunction with Backcountry’s 2020 Basecamp tour. Now celebrating its 25th birthday, Backcountry Magazine is committed to educating its community on how to safely travel through untracked terrain. And for seven years they’ve been taking the message from the pages to the people. Starting in January, they’re teaming up with Scott Sports and Nokian Tyres to bring that knowledge to resorts in California, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Vermont for the sixth-annual Backcountry BASECAMP Tour.

As they travel throughout the country spreading safety and stoke, join the editors of Backcountry Magazine, alongside guides, forecasters, AIARE instructors and gear experts for a resort-based showcase of all things backcountry—including demos, avalanche education, guided tours and a huge raffle.

This winter is all about getting farther out and back safely.

Join our fourth BASECAMP stop at Alta, Utah on February 22 and 23, 2019 for two days of demos from tour sponsors and backcountry safety workshops. On Saturday at 4 p.m. stop by the BASECAMP trailer in front of the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge for a huge raffle and après party. One-hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will benefit Wasatch Backcountry Rescue.

Basecamp Plus guests will learn how to:

  • Prepare for backcountry adventures

  • Plan a touring day and find the best snow

  • Identify backcountry hazards and evaluate risks

  • Interpret avalanche forecasts and use avalanche safety equipment

  • Choose the ideal gear for your personal needs

  • Skin confidently in moderate terrain

  • Develop the confidence to create your own backcountry adventures

  • Try new gear from the Backcountry Basecamp demo trailer


Thursday, February 20 Check in at Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge this evening before enjoying a hearty meal.

After Dinner: Meet your guides from The Backcountry Pros for a welcome & orientation session.

Friday, February 21 After breakfast: Morning educational session including an introduction to tour planning, familiarization with ski touring gear, backcountry hazards and avalanche training, avalanche rescue gear review and practice.

After lunch at the Lodge: Head out for a ½ day introductory backcountry excursion, followed by a group debriefing session and planning for tomorrow.

Check it out: Our backcountry routes are chosen to go to where the snow goes, where the wind loads, and where the crowds don’t. This means we don’t know exactly where we are going in advance—we will make a plan for each day to chase the best snow, with the safest conditions.

Saturday, February 22 Review today’s plan and current conditions. Full-day backcountry tour. Group avalanche rescue scenario. Debrief decisions made. Homework: plan a route for tomorrow.

Sunday, February 23 Short morning meeting: Review current conditions and collaborate on today’s plan. Backcountry touring through mid-afternoon, followed by a final group debriefing and celebration. Depart from Alta on Sunday evening or stay on for additional ski days!


3 nights accommodation at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge in Alta, Utah Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day, plus on-the-go snacks while out on the mountain.

3 days of backcountry instruction and professional guide services Use of the latest Scott backcountry ski gear.

Evening social activities, extreme skiing movie night, current issues town hall meeting.


Airfare and ground transportation to/from Salt Lake International Airport. Shuttle service is available from the airport to Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge for $40.


All-Inclusive 3-day/3-night Package $1,795

Multiple Skier Discount: Save $100 per person when registering two or more people at the same time.

Extended Stay Option: If you would like to add three more ski days, extend your stay to 6 nights (departing Wednesday the 26th) at Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge for an additional $785 per person, including all meals.

Single Supplement: Private rooms are available for an additional $290.

February 21-23, 2020, Alta, Utah

For more information email or call 802.644.6606.

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