Mountain Adventure Seminars
 

Skiiing and Snowboarding

 

If your an aspiring backcountry skier or snowboarder, or simply want to raise your ability to the next level, MAS has a course for you.  Telemark ski lessons are held at Bear Valley Mountain as well as Sidecountry courses.  Backcountry courses operate in Bear Valley, Mt. Lassen and Matterhorn Peak (High Sierra).  Regardless of location, course participants can expect professional guides and friendly instruction, in some of the best areas in California.

 

Telemark Ski School
MAS hosts California’s premiere telemark ski school dedicated to improving freeheel turns with professional and experienced instructors.  MAS offers 1-6 hour private lessons at at Bear Valley Mountain in the Central Sierra Nevada.

 

Sidecountry Skiing & Snowboarding
MAS and Bear Valley Mountain have collaborated to offer an exciting and unique experience for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Small guided groups utilizing the Bear Tracker Snowcat, chairlifts and gravity fed traverses, gain access to “sidecountry” terrain adjacent to the ski area for great uncrowded and often untracked slopes.

 

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
MAS offers a variety of backcountry ski and snowboard tours at some of the finest areas in California. Whether you are looking for an educational course, a one-day tour or snowcat excursion or a longer and more demanding adventure, MAS can provide “top-notch” backcountry experiences for both skiers and snowboarders.

 

Bear Valley Freeheel Race Series
The Bear Valley Freeheel Race Series has expanded into three separate ski mountaineering events which tackle a different course for each race. Come for one, come for all, just come and treat yourself to an alpine adventure. Doesn’t matter if your a seasoned backcountry traveler, or new to the scene, this event is intended to both challenge and inspire both skiers and spllitboarders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAS Telemark Ski School

 

MAS hosts California’s premiere telemark ski school dedicated to improving freeheel turns with professional and experienced instructors. Whether your new to skiing or an experienced alpine shredder, MAS can get you smiling on freeheel gear. The MAS Telemark Ski School operates at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort in Central California.

What is Telemark Skiiing?

The telemark turn is easily recognized as the skier separates their feet, one foot forward, one foot back with the heel raised on the back foot. Telemark skiers use specialized boots and bindings that enable the heel of the boot to rise off the ski. This is why telemark skiing is also called “freeheel” skiing. Today many alpine skiers turn to telemark skiing to shake up their skiing skills and provide a new challenge at the ski resort.

An experienced telemark skier is a beautiful and exciting sight.  Its a blend of body positions allowing the freeheel skier to perform in fluid motion, utilizing balance, grace and power.  However these skills are not easily learned and sometimes counter-intuitive to the veteran alpine skier or snowboarder.

 

Private Telemark Lessons

Private telemark lessons provide the personalized attention to push your skiing to the next level. MAS instructors quickly assess skills and develop a plan that blends exercises and guided free skiing to improve your turns. Available daily with advanced reservations.

 

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Sidecountry Skiing & Snowboarding

MAS and Bear Valley Mountain have collaborated to offer an exciting and unique experience for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Small guided groups utilizing the Bear Tracker Snowcat, chairlifts and gravity fed traverses, gain access to “sidecountry” terrain adjacent to the ski area for great uncrowded and often untracked slopes.

Snowcat & Sidecountry Alert: Send MAS your email address to receive notifications when Snowcat & Sidecountry Adventures are running.

Private Sidecountry Workshop

This “hands-on” course demonstrates how to properly explore the exciting world of sidecountry* terrain at the Bear  Valley Mountain ski resort. Learn the “rules of the road”, how to identify and avoid avalanche hazards and apply appropriate travel techniques. Plus conditions permitting we will rip some sidecountry turns!

* Sidecountry – permitted backcountry terrain accessed from a ski resort.

 

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Bear Tracker Snowcat Adventure

The Bear Tracker Snowcat is a specially outfitted snowcat which transports up to 8 people into terrain adjacent to the ski resort that is often “closed”or inconvenient to access.  These areas often have some the of the best, and untracked, snow conditions at the resort.  The convenience of having a professional guide lead you to the best snow, and a snowcat greet you at the bottom of a run is unmatched.  Space is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended

 

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The Zones Ski Adventure

This exciting program is intended for strong advanced and expert skiers seeking adventure. Small guided groups enter a “closed” area known as “The Zones” with steep chutes, open bowls and descents of up to 1000 vertical feet. While no hiking is required, a high traverse makes it difficult for snowboarders. Occasionally, conditions are appropriate for snowboarders so keep an eye on the website.

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Keep your eyes on the website as we hope to offer Zones Ski Adventure next weekend (March 19-20).

 

Private Snowcat & Sidecountry Adventure

 

Booking a private program provides the flexibility and customized itinerary to best suit your desires. MAS guides are known to take a good day and turn it into a lifetime awesome experience that will keep you smiling for days. It doesn’t cost much more to create a special adventure for you and your friends. Contact MAS to discuss options.

 

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Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

MAS offers a variety of backcountry ski and snowboard tours at some of the finest areas in California. Whether you are looking for an educational course, a one-day tour or snowcat excursion or a longer and more demanding adventure, MAS can provide “top-notch” backcountry experiences for both skiers and snowboarders.

About MAS Backcountry Ski & Board

Strong intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders are welcome to enroll in MAS backcountry ski and snowboard programs.  MAS considers participants who can confidently ski or ride any intermediate slope at a ski resort ready for backcountry programs.  If you have any questions we recommend contacting the MAS office.

Each program has prerequisites to assist people in finding and preparing for the most appropriate program.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the MAS office – we love to talk about our work!

Backcountry skiers have several equipment options to choose from, including telemark, randonee and alpine trekkers.

 

Essential Backcountry Ski Items:

Ski leashes or brakes are required for all resort skiing, including Sidecountry Ski & Snowboard Programs.

Backcountry snowboarders typically use snowshoes and collapsible ski poles for climbing with the snowboard attached to their day pack. Switch from snowshoes to snowboard at the top of a climb or high point, collapse the poles and secure onto your pack.   Another nice option is a “split board” that is designed to split down the middle to become two short skis with skins which mimic snowshoes.

 

 

 

 

Intro. to Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

This one-day program is designed for alpine, telemark skiers and snowboarders looking to learn how access and navigate winter backcountry terrain. Learn about backcountry gear, avalanche hazards, climbing techniques and how to find the best snow. Plus we get to ski and make turns along the way!

 

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Bear Valley Ski and Board Adventure

Intermediate through expert skiers and riders are welcome to hire an MAS guide to lead you and/or your group into the surrounding backcountry terrain of Bear Valley.

Bear Valley is extremely fortunate to have a wide variety of backcountry terrain (beg-adv) that is designated for non-motorized travelers. Open bowls, scenic ridges and tree glades will provide for a memorable experience. Join experienced MAS guides to find the best snow and bring home memories of wild views, sweet turns and big smiles.

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Mt. Lassen Ski & Board Camp

This two day fast paced adventure explores the backcountry skier’s and rider’s paradise of the Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Climb and descend the numerous bowls and ridges by day with light packs and retire for the evening to the comforts of a nearby hotel or campsite. The focus of this trip will be accessing the stunning descents throughout the Park, including Mt. Lassen Peak (elevation 10,457 feet) as conditions permit. One common scenario is a climb and descent on the southeast face of Mt. Lassen on day one, followed by an even better descent on the northeast face on day two.

 

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