Alaskan Backcountry Speaker - Monday, October 25th from 7:00-8:00pm (Hoofer Lounge)

Interested in learning more about backcountry skiing before heading out west with Hoofers this winter or spring break?  Come see the Backcountry Speaker next Monday, October 25th from 7:00-8:00pm, in the Hoofer Lounge and Chart Room (Memorial Union). Wisconsin native Jon Gellings has been teaching avalanche awareness and backcountry skiing safety to winter enthusiasts in Alaska for years, and will be coming to UW Madison to speak to Hoofers Ski and Snowboard members for free next week!

This is a great opportunity to learn some basics about backcountry skiing/boarding safety! If you're planning to ski out of bounds on the mountain, it is crucial that you know how to prperly use backcountry gear, and that you are able to sight unsafe snow conditions. Also, you can meet fellow SnS members and make friends before the season starts!

has been an instructor at Alaska Avalanche School and the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center for the past four years while pursing a B.S. in Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, and is certified in Avalanche Level I & II courses. He has also established avalanche forecasting operations in the Chugach National Forest, the 2nd largest national forest in the US. The presentation will include teaching some basics of backcountry skiing, including what to watch for while skiing in potential avalanche terrain, safe/unsafe snow conditions, and how to use necessary backcountry equipment such as beacons, probes, and shovels. Jon will also be sharing some of his personal experiences of snowboarding in the Alaskan backcountry.

If you have any questions contact SnS Backcountry Director Kaytlyn Beres, (