Gear Coop presents

Socal Backcountry Session

Ski and Splitboard Demos & Backcountry Clinics

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Socal Backcountry Session! We are very excited to be more involved in the backcountry community, and can't wait to do this again next year!


February 4, 2017

Snow Valley Mountain Resort

35100 CA-18 Running Springs, CA 92382

Check-in starts at 8:00 am

Demo Pass

For experienced backcountry users


Test out some of the best gear you've had your eyes on all season. This pass is great for the person who has been looking for a set up but is hesitant to pull the trigger and buy it before testing it out. What you'll get:

  • ($69 Value) Lift ticket
  • Lunch
  • Access to Vendor Village
  • Demo skis and splitboards from participating brands
  • Demo boots and bindings from participating brands
  • Access to Beacon Practice Area

Tickets are limited and are selling out fast.
Reserve your spot now!

Demo + Clinic Pass

For NEW backcountry users


Want to get in the backcountry but don't know where or how to start? This clinic pass will get you everything the demo pass offers (see Demo Pass to the left) plus entrance to two backcountry clinics:

  • Everything included in the demo pass
  • PLUS:

  • Intro to Backcountry Gear & Travel
  • Intro to Avalanche Safety

Tickets are limited and are selling out fast.
Reserve your spot now!

The Clinics

Intro to Backcountry Gear & Travel

This clinic will introduce you to all the necessities of backcountry travel and associated gear including:
proper fit and use of backcountry skis and bindings, touring boots and skins, as well as beacon checks and group communication skills. The clinic will also include skinning techniques as well as a skin up, transition, and ski down with an experienced guide. No prior backcountry experience required. Skiers and riders must be able to descend down a 'green' run, this is not a ski or riding lesson.

Intro to Avalanche Safety

This clinic will introduce you to the gear and techniques to help mitigate the dangers of backcountry skiing and riding. A short introduction to avalanche safety will be presented with a field demonstration and conversation regarding the hazards associated with backcountry travel. THIS IS NOT AN AVALANCHE COURSE. This is an introduction to the hazards and the gear associated. Anyone wishing to travel in the backcountry is highly encouraged to participate in an official AIARE Avalanche 1 course.

Beacon Practice Area

There will be a beacon practice area where a mock avalanche scene will be available to test your skills. This will be available to all attendees.

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