Mountaineering Blazers meet every Saturday and Sunday from 8:45 AM until 3:00 PM, December 8, 2013 to March 23, 2014. Please note the earlier start time allows for the groups to catch first chair at Castlerock and Heaven's Gate on powder days. The program starts one weekend earlier than other seasonal programs in order to get a head start on training. Mountaineering Blazers are encouraged to attend every session to maximize fun, learning and group consistency.
Mountaineering Blazers features two very talented and well-respected coaches, Rick Hale and Brian "Diggity" Daigle. Both coaches have Patrol-level medical training, are OEC-certified, and are expert at instilling a sense of responsibility and stewardship all while having a blast!
Mountaineering Blazers take adventure and fun seriously, blending smart decision-making and route-finding, group dynamics and leadership, snow and terrain evaluation, shelter building and backcountry rescue, and self-sufficiency and constant preparedness, to become true skiing and riding gurus. Included in Mountaineering Blazers is an overnight campout at one of Sugarbush's upper mountain lodges.
Mountaineering Blazers is for advanced skiers and riders only. participants must be comfortable on most Black Diamond/advanced terrain and have a high willingness to explore steeps, trees, bumps, park, and the backcountry. Team members will be required to climb or hike at least once per weekend.
***Please be aware that all team members must have climbing skins and a backpack with food, water, extra clothing, repair gear, and first aid supplies, plus either Telemark, alpine touring gear or a split-board. Mountaineering Blazers must have a Sugarbush All Mountain Pass.***
Mountaineering Blazers includes a NASTAR Race Arena season pass and a 20% cafeteria food discount for use on program weekends.
PROGRAM LIMITED TO 24 PARTICIPANTS