Welcome to the BCP Community! We’re kicking off a new season of workshops and courses. We want to enhance your abilities through a succession of classes in a logical and progressive manner. The idea is to encourage you to practice this beautiful sport properly and safely by giving you a set of easy-to-use tools.
The work methodology will be through on-line classes uploaded to our virtual classroom and YouTube Channel. You will be able to watch them at your pace. After every class, you will have the contents available for a deeper look and a short test.
This workshop is for skiers and snowboarders that already have some experience in backcountry skiing and want to upgrade their abilities. We’ll aim for an advanced out of track level and greater familiarity with backcountry gear. Meet new adventure buddies and learn this incredible activity.
Dates Season 2023:
August 08/08 Clases | 11-12-13/08 Terrain
SALE 15% OFF*
*until the 1st June 2023.
- Mountain skis with touring bindings and skins / Splitboard with bindings and skins
- Touring boots / snowboarding boots
- Ski poles
- Beacon, Shovel and Probe (mandatory)
- Helmet (mandatory)
- Gloves (two pairs)
- Sunglasses / Sunscreen (+50) / Lip Balm
- Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Lightweight or Midweight, Synthetic)
- Fleece sweater (100/200)
- Rain Jacket
- Insulated Jacket
- Rain Pants
- Ski socks
- Change of clothes (shirt, base layer, gloves, socks, underwear)
- Cap / hat
- 1lt water bottle (minimum)
- First aid kit
- Money and papers
- Camera and accessories
We have equipment for rent:
- Skis / Skins and Bindings
- Security kit (Beacon, Shovel and Probe)
Feel free to ask pricing and availability.
Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: One day clinic + One week virtual + three days on terrain
Dates: July to October
Requirements: Level 1 of our Ski & Splitboard Workshop or equivalent. Experience in planning and gear handling.
Guides and Ratio: 6:1
12 people max.
- Professional AAGM/UIMLA Ski Guide
- Virtual Classroom Access
- Satellite Communication service
- Personal insurance in case of accidents
- Skiing day-pass
- Accommodation and transfers in/to Bariloche
- Food or accommodations during days on terrain
- Security Kit
- Backcountry skis or splitboards.
- Some unspecified item in this programme.
Week 1 Activity
TERRAIN: Saturday 9 to 16hs
Mountain ski techniques. Cerro Catedral – Bariloche
AAGM Mountain Guide
AADIDES Level 2 Ski Instructor
Objectives: Unifying criteria on skiing techniques at tracks and slowly adventuring into backcountry skiing. Understanding basics: equilibrium, loads, active and passive absorptions during downhill.
Anticipation when skiing and criteria for finding the right line according to snow quality, angles and traps.
- First part of the day: Use the means of elevation and tracks at the resort to unify criteria on technique. Get to know the overall level of the group.
- Noon: We’ll go back up and put those new concepts in practice. Trying to adapt the technique to the constant snow change found when out of the tracks.
End of the day: Using our touring skis we’ll head to the lake area where we’ll try to climb to the top. On our way up, we’ll pick our downhill line and pay attention to references (rocks, elevation changes, snow types).
Class 1: Cartography and orientation (30min)
Objectives: We’ll go beyond the basics and dig deeper into more advanced concepts in orientation, charts and navigation. We’ll develop complex designs on snowy grounds and prepare the student for a continuous navigation during our outings.
- Quick Cartography basics review.
- Planning. Slopes.
- Concavity and convexity interpretation. Traps on terrain.
Class 2: Planning itineraries on Google Earth (30min)
Objectives: Itinerary planning, marching times calculation, etc.
- How to design an itinerary on Google Earth?
- Roadmaps, elevation profiles and calculations.
- Calculating marching times
Class 3: Meteorology (30min)
Objectives: Atmosphere physics basics. Weather, atmosphere and its phenomena. Tools for forecasting on outings.
- Meteorologic variables
- Weather forecasting
- Applied meteorology.
- Meteorologic models.
- Isobar maps
Class 4:Snow science (30mins)
Objectives: Snow stages: from formation to cover. Tools for a comprehensive assessment of avalanche risks.
- How does snow form?
- Cover metamorphosis
- Temperature gradient
- Snow Grains / cohesion types
- Physical properties
Class 5: Human Factor (30mins)
Objectives: Identifying human factor in decision making on terrain.
- Leadership (NOLS)
- Decision making in groups
- Organized search leader
- Topics organization and terrain classes preparation.
Class 6: GNSS navigation and softwares (30mins)
Objectives: GNSS devices, charts, navigation. How to use open software to plan itineraries. Practice.
- Importing and exporting waypoints and tracks.
- Google Earth, format settings.
Class 7: Planning the outing (30mins)
Objectives: comprehensive exercise with the contents learned so far. Planning marching times, possible itineraries, orientations, height differences, distances. Setting up tracks and loading them to your navigation device.
- Plans for contingency
- Escape routes
- Useful numbers and frequencies
- Preparing presentations.
Gear check and fine tuning our outing.
Bariloche: Frey Hut
The goal of this trip is to put everything we learned into practice. Some particular topics to be covered on terrain:
- Piolet and crampons use
- Advanced victims searching. Triage
- Snow anchors
- Rope usage in technical stretches.
Practice ground location is very accessible. We’ll reach the hut in 3 hours from Villa Catedral. We could also reach Nubes using means of transportation and descend to the Van Titter Valley (for those with skiing passes). In any case, we’ll have to ski or ascend with our backpacks loaded with our gear (10 to 15 kg)
We’ll spend Saturday and Sunday nights at the hut. Practice sessions will be held in the surroundings, depending on the group, outings can be longer.
8 to 10 hs of work are expected each day.
Important! Location may change due to snow conditions and weather during the days planned.