New backcountry ski camps offer multiple ‘points of entry’ for skiers, riders

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Aspen Expeditions Worldwide and DYNAFIT North America are pleased to announce a series of backcountry camps this winter and spring designed for adventurous skiers and snowboarders looking to gain skills, experience and confidence in the winter backcountry.

Four separate weekend-long camps are planned, one per month, January through April, creating multiple points of entry for skiers and snowboarders to further their own progression as backcountry travelers.

“Backcountry skiing and riding may feel intimidating when you’re starting out,” said Dick Jackson, owner and founder of Aspen Expeditions Worldwide. “With the new backcountry camps, we’re creating a comfortable and safe environment where skiers and riders of varying levels of ability and ambition can plug themselves into the wheel of progression.”

Since 1976, Aspen Expeditions guides have been mentoring skiers and snowboarders in safely exploring terrain beyond the boundaries of resorts. Over the years, Jackson says he is proud to have mentored several backcountry novices who have gone on to become certified mountain guides and professional skiers who spend much of their time patrolling the backcountry.

“We all started some place,” says Jackson, “and we think the new backcountry camps make for attractive starting points or re-starting points.”

The camps are also directly in line with Dynafit’s desire to incorporate educational programs into the brand’s organizational mission. “Our sustained investment in the innovation of our industry-leading products is only part of the equation for us at Dynafit,” added Jamie Starr, Marketing Manager for Dynafit. “An investment in educational programs like Aspen Expeditions’ backcountry camps not only builds trust in our products for our end user, but it helps ensure our customers are making safer, smarter decisions in the backcountry – and ultimately, that’s what matters most.“

The first camp of the season, slated for Jan. 17-18, is designed for skiers and riders who may have solid resort-skiing backgrounds but little experience in the backcountry. The second camp, set for Feb. 14-15, focuses on ski touring, and while the last two camps, March 14-15 and April 11-12, focus more on ski mountaineering skills, and bigger terrain and objectives.

• Jan. 17-18, Intro to Backcountry Skiing Camp
• Feb. 14-15, Backcountry Ski Touring Camp
• March 14-15, Big Mountain Freeride Skills Ski Camp
• April 11-12, Ski Mountaineering Skills Ski Camp

Each camp runs all-day Saturday and Sunday and will be led by Aspen Expeditions certified ski guides, as well as professional athletes and ambassadors associated with Dynafit.

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About Aspen Expeditions

Aspen Expeditions Worldwide, founded in 1976, is a mountain guide service and shop located at the base of Aspen Highlands ski area in Aspen. The shop specializes in backcountry skiing gear and apparel and serves as the only slopeside Dynafit Test Center in the United States.http://aspenexpeditions.com/

About DYNAFIT North America

Dynafit, the world’s only full-time, full-line backcountry ski brand, is a subsidiary of Salewa International, based in Bolzano, Italy. Salewa International is a family-owned business with global operations, specializing in premium outdoor consumer products. Boulder, Colorado based Salewa North America manages the USA/Canada sales, operations, marketing, distribution, and customer service functions for the Salewa brand, along with Dynafit (based in Munich, Germany), Pomoca (based in Aubonne, Switzerland), and rock climbing brand Wild Country (based in Tideswell, U.K.). http://www.dynafit.com

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Media contact: 

Aspen Expeditions Worldwide Dirk Bockelmann 970-925-7625 info@aspenexpeditions.com

DYNAFIT North America Eric Henderson 303.444.0446 Eric.Henderson@Salewa.com

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