Splore Guides City Academy Students on Pioneering Backcountry Expedition

Salt Lake City, UT, March 29, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Last weekend, Splore led a group of local students from City Academy on an expedition to a remote yurt in the Uinta Mountains for three days of backcountry skiing, avalanche and snow assessment and overall appreciation of the amazing natural resources here in Utah.

The trip was a culmination of the skills and knowledge gained throughout the Winter Sports Program at City Academy, a program led by Vice President Pete Stoughton. “Not only was this a fun and unique experience for our students at City Academy,” Stoughton expressed, “It is a program that is pioneering in its approach and implementation in Utah and throughout the country.” Currently, it is one of the only programs nationwide that focuses on avalanche safety and snow science paired with outdoor winter recreation.

The trip began with students loading backpacks with ski gear, extra layers and all the necessary avalanche safety equipment. For many students, this was their chance to put their months of snow safety training to the test. The first morning at the yurt, the students were greeted with 8 inches of fresh Utah powder--a perfect scenario for their backcountry skiing evaluation. Working with the guides, the students determined the conditions were low risk and the rest of the trip was spent reveling in the beauty and power of Utah’s winter wonderland.

The trip provided students with a variety of experiences from technical ascension techniques to face shots to avalanche assessment to wilderness cooking.

The City Academy Winter Sports Program is hosting an informational meeting March 27 at 6PM at City Academy. For more details about this program or City Academy, please visit www.cityacademyslc.org.

Since 1977, Splore has been helping people with disabilities or disadvantages overcome barriers to outdoor recreation. Trips include white water river rafting in Moab, canoeing along the Jordan River, rock climbing and nature interpretation up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and nordic skiing in the Wasatch. Splore’s goal is to create more inclusive communities by introducing people to the healing powers of outdoor recreation while fostering a connection with Utah’s wildlands.

For more information about City Academy’s Winter Sports Program, Splore’s programs or this excursion, please contact Lindsay Malone at 801-484-4128 or Lindsay@splore.org.
Lindsay Malone