[an error occurred while processing this directive] Snowcat Skiing: Mount Bailey, Oregon Snowboard Camp: White Mountains, New Hampshire Hut-to-Hut Skiing: Shrine Mountain, Colorado Ski Touring: Bugaboo Group, British Columbia Resort Heli-Skiing: Wasatch Range, Utah Hike to Ski: Mount Marcy, New York Ski Mountaineering: North Cascades, Washington Telemark Camp: Chic-Chocs Mountains, Quebec Lift-served Off-Piste: Silverton Mountain, Colorado Kite Skiing: Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin
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10 Perfect Ski Trips
Snowboard Camp
White Mountains, New Hampshire

DIFFICULTY: BACKCOUNTRY 101

All prices in U.S. dollars

Every winter, the Appalachian Mountain Club leads weekend snowboarding clinics for the bold, the curious, and the bored riders who are ready to sever their resort ties. Held in New Hampshire's White Mountains and in the Catskills of New York, the clinics focus on steep-terrain techniques and route finding for intermediates.

The White Mountains workshop has a special bonus: the chance to ride the ravines that furrow the lower slopes of Mount Washington. At a Friday-night prep session in the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Highway 16, up to eight boarders get the lowdown on gear and avoiding deadfalls and other off-trail hazards.

On Saturday morning, the group and two instructors snowshoe 2.4 miles [3.9 kilometers] and 2,000 vertical feet [610 meters] up to the lean-tos of the Hermit Lake Shelters. After everyone drops their packs off, the guides establish the itinerary, based on the weather and snow conditions.

On some outings, participants tramp north to Huntington Ravine, then board back to camp, practicing tight turns in the gullies. After a dinner of, say, veggie burritos and cocoa comes a frosty night in a lean-to.

The next morning, if the avalanche risk is low, campers may test their new skills in Tuckerman Ravine, the legendary cirque on the mountain's southeastern flank. Or the group may spend the day on the remote Great Gulf headwall, learning to balance boards on jump turns, rip through backcountry crud, and perform avalanche tests.

After picking up their gear at Hermit Lake, snowboarders finish with a 2.5-mile [4-kilometer] run down the Sherburne Ski Trail back to Pinkham Notch.

—Theodore Nusbaum

CONTACT:
Appalachian Mountain Club (+1 603 466 2727; www.outdoors.org).
The White Mountains Backcountry Snowboard Camp is $350 per person.

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 Click locations for ski guides.

 
•  Introduction
•  Snowcat Skiing
Mount Bailey, Oregon
•  Snowboard Camp
White Mountains, New Hampshire
•  Hut-to-Hut Skiing
Shrine Mountain, Colorado
•  Ski Touring
Bugaboo Group, British Columbia
•  Resort Heli-Skiing
Wasatch Range, Utah
•  Hike to Ski
Mount Marcy, New York
•  Ski Mountaineering
North Cascades, Washington
•  Telemark Camp
Chic-Chocs Mountains, Quebec
•  Lift-Served Off-Piste
Silverton Mountain, Colorado
•  Kite Skiing
Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin

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