February 10, 2018

Snow Valley Mounatin Resort

35100 CA-18
Running Springs, CA 92382

Registration starts at 8:00am

We are excited to announce that the Socal Backcountry Session is back for its 2nd year. We will be gathering some of the top brands in the winter sports world, and some of the best backcountry guides to provide an incredible demo and clinic experience. We have limited inventory so get your tickets while they still last!

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This event will include clinics to introduce and expand upon existing knowledge of backcountry practices.

Clinics will include:

  • Avalanche awareness class where you will be introduced to understanding avalanche conditions and procedures for avoiding avalanche scenarios.
  • Rescue clinic and avalanche beacon practice. In this clinic you will get hands on experience using beacons, receivers, probes, and carry out practice scenarios on the mountain.
  • Uphill travel and equipment use, which will get you out on the mountain applying skins, performing kick turns and setting skin tracks up hill.

Clinics will be hosted by the following guide services:

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We will be hosting our second annual Socal Backcountry Session at Snow Valley Mountain Resort.  Take this opportunity to learn the basics behind backcountry touring, including an introduction to avalanche safety, gear best practices, and hands on experience setting and following skin tracks.

We are offering this experience for both skiers and splitboarders and are opening this event up for gear demo only as well.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran this event is for you!

Here is what you get:

Clinic + Demo pass:

  • Access to demo gear from leading backcountry and snow sport brands
  • Lunch (sandwich, fruit, chips, drink, etc.)
  • Clinics hosted by experts in the backcountry field
  • Lift ticket included

Demo pass:

  • Access to demo gear at hourly intervals
  • Lunch (sandwich, fruit, chips, drink, etc.)
  • Lift ticket included

Event Details:

Where - Snow Valley Mountain Resort (35100 CA-18, Running Springs, CA 92382)

When - Feb. 10th 2018 @ 8am (please arrive early for registration and clinic start.  Demo only attendees can arrive at any time)

If you hold a season pass please contact to receive a discount on your ticket.

***Minimum Age is 14 years old.  Under 18 year old participants will need to have a legal guardian with them on the day of the event.  This guardian does not need to participate.  18 years and older does not require legal guardian present.***

Clinics do not qualify you for any certification and are intended for simple introduction to the backcountry environment.  This event does not qualify you to participate in any additional certifications or outdoor activities.

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    Gregory S.
    Santa Barbara
    • How long have you owned this product? 1
    • What is your outdoor experience level? Intermediate
    • How did this product fit? True to size
    Awesome Demo

    This was my first time trying out back country skiing. The instructors were very informative on product operation and tips on skinning. It was nice to try out a variety of skis and boots. I ended up getting the same boots and skis that I demoed. I would definitely recommend this clinic to all ability levels.

    • How long have you owned this product? n/a
    • What is your outdoor experience level? Intermediate
    • How did this product fit? Tight
    Back Country Skiing

    I tried back country skiing for the first time last year. My friend and I had a good O time! We are returning this year for more back country skiing and bringing more friends to play in the snow with. :)

    Cody f.
    Riverside, CA
    • How long have you owned this product? Over a year
    • What is your outdoor experience level? Expert
    • How did this product fit? True to size
    Petzl connect adjust

    I originally bought this product for route setting but have learned that it's far more versatile than i imagined. When setting routes on an overhang i use the connect adjust to quickly clip into bolts and pull myself into the wall without having to waste time with slings or PAS systems. Before i used to use a PAS, but having to constantly change the length to accomodate each setting position took time and was frustraiting. With the connect adjust i can easily pull myself to my desired distance to the wall in a second. I can also quickly change the amount of slack to adjust my distance to the wall. Its made setting routes much more pleasurable and efficient. Don't think i'll ever go back to slings. In addition, the connect adjust is great for using outdoors to quickily and easily connect to sport anchors for cleaning or to belay your second. All in all, its an amazing product thats worth paying the extra dollar for. Highly recommend

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