The Slaydies Tour is an opportunity for experienced backcountry skiers and splitboarders to connect and build community while learning advanced ski touring and ski mountaineering skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Offered at the Silcox Hut on Mount Hood, this retreat features fine dining and massage therapists on-site. The daily itinerary includes time to ski and practice skills together, as well as rejuvenate and develop touring partnerships.
- Terrain management
- Tour planning
- Companion Rescue
- Technical skills for steep snow and glacier travel, and more!
Is Slaydies for you?
This retreat is designed to balance learning advanced ski touring/ski mountaineering skills, skiing fun lines, and forming deeper connections within the women-identifying backcountry skiing community. This program is ideal for skiers and splitboarders with at least three prior seasons (50+ days) of human-powered backcountry experience and previous avalanche education. This includes having a strong level of fitness, familiarity with your equipment, and confidence to ski variable snow. First-time backcountry skiers and riders should not register for this course.
- Completed AIARE Level 1 (Level 2 encouraged)
- Recommended 50+ days of human-powered backcountry skiing/splitboarding experience.
- Ability to comfortably climb at least 3000 vertical feet/1000 vertical meters in a day with a 20 lb pack on, multiple days in a row without rest days. And the ability to ascend 5,000 vertical feet on a big day.
- Advanced ski or snowboard ability. Ski or ride confidently in all types of backcountry snow, on slopes up to 40 degrees.
- Experience with multi-day ski trips is encouraged.
This program is designed for women and welcomes transgender, cisgender, and non-binary people.
Cost includes: Lodging, meals/snacks, transportation to/from trailhead, snowmobile/snow cat transportation, massage, and guides. Cost does not include gratuity. Gratuity is recommended and appreciated, and will be shared among guides, retreat staff, and massage therapists.
About your Guide:
Alli Hartz has been living and ski touring in Central Oregon for twelve years. She loves all varieties of sliding downhill on snow, from waist deep powder days to skimo racing and spring volcano descents. She is working toward earning her ski guide certification through the American Mountain Guides Association. She was inspired to pursue a career as a ski guide after participating in the She Jumps Alpine Finishing School, which was her first time meeting women guides. She loves seeing women take the lead and empower each other in the backcountry.