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Bell Lake Yurt

April 13-15, 2018

Ages: 12-18

An all-inclusive, girls-only three-day introduction to ski touring technique and avalanche awareness at Montana’s premier backcountry destination. The camp will include professional instruction and coaching on backcountry fundamentals including

  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies
  • Yurt living! With a warm, cozy basecamp and delicious homestyle menu, Bell Lake Yurt provides a comfortable learning environment deep in the Montana backcountry
  • Fun with the girls in a safe, fulfilling environment, where confident decision-making and teamwork are encouraged


Tobacco Root Mountains, MT at the Bell Lake Yurt

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Who this camp is for:

  • Girls who are interested in learning avalanche and backcountry safety
  • Girls who can ski a black diamond off piste and/or can ski all mountain terrain
  • Girls who feel comfortable being outside hiking and have at least average fitness (we will be skinning at least 3 miles and climbing 2,000 vertical feet per day)
  • Girls who have little, to no experience with backcountry equipment
  • Girls who are comfortable with changing weather conditions
  • Girls who are excited to be out in the mountains

Coaches Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR
  • Avalanche 1 & 2 educationAAI Avalanche Level III
  • AAI Avalanche Level III
  • AIRE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor
  • AMGA Ski Guide
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • Level 200 USSA Alpine Skiing Coach
  • Cumulative coaching experience of 20 years
  • Extensive backcountry experience
  • Owner of the Bell Lake Yurt: Drew Pogge
    Level 2 Avalanche
  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR
  • Incident Command Systems (ICS 100)
  • Member Affiliate, American Avalanche Association