Originally Posted by lnester
Wanted to bump this to the top.
I was thinking about joining the Colorado Mountain Club and taking their BC class. Anyone had any experience with this? Thought it would be a good way to meet some BC skiers in the area.
Also, if $$ wasn't an issue, what equipment would you get? I'm not a free-heeler, so I'm leaning towards AT vs Tele. Thoughts?
I've done a few things with the CMC, and just like everything else - depends on who's running the trip, who's on the trip.
After a few trips out you'll figure out who your favorite trip leaders are and can go from there. My experience, too, was better with the Boulder group than the Denver group with winter outings... smaller group, good vibe.
And, yes, it is a great way to meet new partners.
AT vs. tele - one of the advantages to tele in the BC is that tele can make lower angle slopes more interesting skiing, which is a +. At least that's what my tele friends tell me. Personally it took me this many years to get reasonably skilled at skiing... I'm not going to start over learning a new turn style at this point. I'd rather be able to actually keep up with my ski partners.
+2 re: avy course/gear and first aid. Also - do yourself a big favor and do some winter camping, including digging/sleeping in a snow cave. You'll be very very very happy you've done it before if you ever really need to use one. I've not gotten caught that way, but 4 of my 5 ski partners have, and for me it's likely just a matter of time.
Good book on the subject - easy and fun to read with good info:Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book.
Lots of little things that it might take you years to pick up otherwise, and very clear/concise BC travel info.