22. Bluebird Backcountry (w/ Erik Lambert)


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Learn more about Bluebird Backcountry and book tickets by visiting Bluebird's website. Remember, you get a free Gaia GPS premium membership when you buy a pass to Bluebird Backcountry!

Also make sure to check out Bluebird on Instagram, and while you're there, make sure to check out the Out and Back page, too!

Learn more about avalanche safety at avalanche.org. Find and sign up for an avalanche education class with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.

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Episode Highlights
3:45: What even is Bluebird Backcountry Ski Area? Erik Lambert says it’s a small ski area with zero chairlifts — a first of its kind.

5:30: The idea to create this educational, risk-controlled backcountry ski environment emerged when one of Bluebird’s partners took a family member on his first ski tour.
6:20: Bluebird Backcountry aims to tear down the barriers that can make learning to backcountry ski and snowboard feel insurmountable.
8:50: You only need to be an intermediate skier/snowboarder to enjoy all that Bluebird has to offer. But all levels of backcountry experience are welcome, from never-evers to experts looking for a chill social backcountry setting.
10:30: Bluebird is located on private property on the Continental Divide and about 30 minutes outside Steamboat Springs, near Kremmling, Colorado.
16:50: Bluebird’s mountain is mostly aspen glades plus a mix of steeper terrain and even some couloirs in mostly north and east facing terrain, which will hold snow.
19:00: You can hire a guide to take you outside of the ski area boundary.
20:00: There will be seven skin tracks leading the way up — you don’t have to break trail! The whole mountain is un-groomed so you can learn how to ski in variable conditions, like what is found in the backcountry.
21:15: Get the breakdown on the percentage of types of terrain: green, blue, black, and, yes, even double black zones.
23:00: Bluebird backcountry offers educational courses in both backcountry skiing instruction and avalanche safety. Check out the introductory three-step courses, plus a women-specific Avalanche I course.
26:00: Get daily clinics and ski with a mentor to get you started in the backcountry.
28:20: Learn how Bluebird Backcountry mitigates risks of avalanches inside the resort boundaries by managing terrain. Ski patrol also monitors the area for medical emergencies.
37:00: Get a free Gaia GPS premium membership when you buy a pass to Bluebird Backcountry, because “maps are an essential part of the kit“ to your backcountry gear. Erik has been using Gaia GPS for his backcountry adventures for 10 years.
42:00: Bluebird limits visitor counts to 200 guests a day, and is naturally conducive to social distancing.
43:50: What does a day pass cost? And what do you get for that? Listen to find out!
45:00: “Part of our goal is to make sure people have a big friendly face on the mountain.“

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