These babes are all backcountry: Group returns for women-only telemark clinics |

These babes are all backcountry: Group returns for women-only telemark clinics

Jeff Munson
Leslie RossThe Babes in the Backcountry will return to Tahoe next month.

Think of them as the Spice Girls without the song and dance routine.

On second thought, don’t.

Instead of pop and pomp, these ladies would rather show their moxie off on telemark skis, enduring the adventurous side of the great outdoors.

And now they’re set to return once again to Tahoe for a few turns, clinics and some good ole’ babe in the backcountry power.

Sorry guys, you’re not invited.

Entering its 10th year, Babes in the Backcountry offers several clinics and multi-day workshops to teach adventurous snow sliders the necessary skills and knowledge to maneuver smoothly and safely through ungroomed terrain.

“The tele community, whether it’s a festival or clinic always has some flare. And that’s what we’re all about. That’s why we love coming to Tahoe,” said Babes in the Backcountry founder Leslie Ross, who lives in Breckenridge, Colo., but will return to meet up with Tahoe telemark skier Marianne McCarroll for a series of clinics and outings beginning next month.

Skiers and snowboarders are always seeking new challenges ” and exploring the backcountry is at the top of the list. Whether one is looking to venture into the steeps or to just enjoy skiing mellow glades, Babes in the Backcountry avalanche clinics, hut trips and telemark clinics offer a community environment to ensure you have the skills to navigate the terrain.

What makes Tahoe unique is its progressive terrain, said McCarroll.

“The snow stabilizes quickly in the Tahoe Basin which makes the backcountry more accessible sooner,” McCarroll said. “The snowpack tends to stabilize within 48 hours of a storm.”

The backcountry babes are giving a shutout to all ladies in the basin who are looking to hone their backcountry and telemark skills.

Babes in the backcountry offer the following events:

” Tele Teaser: Jan. 5-6, 2008. ($225 both days, $125 Jan. 5, Alpine Meadows, Telemark clinic. Learn at the resort the skills you will need to ski off-piste. All levels are welcome and beginners are strongly encouraged to join. Fees include lesson, yoga, discounted equipment, discounted lift ticket, apres ski gathering and more.

Other dates: Feb. 16 (Sugarbowl, $125), Feb. 17 (Steeps Clinic, $125), and March 8-9 (Alpine Meadows, $225).

” Backcountry Prep: Jan. 6, 2008. ($100) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alpine Meadows. Babes in the Backcountry will host a preparation class to teach the basics before heading out in the backcountry. Know what you need to know before you go. Topics include an introduction to appropriate equipment choices, hazard considerations, trip planning and skills overview.

” Extend the fun March 14-16th for a three-day backcountry hut trip to practice your new skills and enjoy premier Sierra backcountry skiing based out of a luxurious cabin.

” Avalanche Level 1 Course: Jan. 25-27, 2008. Cost: $220. Squaw Valley Ski Resort. If you enjoy backcountry skiing/riding and want to take it to the next level, this two and half day course is must for learning how to play safe in the winter environment to avoid getting caught in avalanches.

As a refresher or your first formal backcountry education, you will learn the skills to make smart decisions when skiing or riding in the backcountry. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive an Avalanche Level I certificate from the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education. All disciplines ” snowboard, alpine or telemark ” are welcome.

” Tele Teaser: Feb 16, 2008. ($125) Sugar Bowl

” Tele Steeps Clinic: Feb. 17, 2008. ($125) Alpine Meadows

” Tele Teaser: March 8-9, 2008. ($225 for both days) Alpine Meadows.

” Snow Divas Backcountry Yoga Retreat: March 14-16, 2008, ($485) Lost

Trail Lodge. Take your passions into the backcountry experiencing a weekend filled with backcountry skiing and riding at the Babes Snow Divas Backcountry Yoga retreat. This two-day retreat includes two nights lodging, all main meals, yoga classes, backcountry skills and guided skiing, demo equipment and Babes giveaways.

” Babes in the Backcountry also offers workshops and hut trips in Colorado, Utah and British Columbia for women and men. For more information about who we are and what we do, visit For general information about Tahoe area workshops, contact Marianne McCarroll (209) 603-6290.

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