Sugar Bowl is proud to now operate Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America's largest XC resort, boasting 200km of groomed trails across 6,000 acres of pristine terrain atop majestic Donner Summit, seamlessly connected with Sugar Bowl Resort and America's only snowbound Village.
A special thanks to all the parties that made this historic acquisition happen, including the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land, the Northern Sierra Partnership and all the individuals and families who so graciously donated time, money, effort and resources to help the cause.
This is the best way to get started learning the basics of avalanche safety. We spend most of the day on the mountain with "hands-on" learning about the snowpack, terrain, weather, people and the combined effect on avalanche danger. You'll learn about the danger rating system and how to interpret the avalanche bulletin.
Very importantly, you will be introduced to travel techniques including how to ski with your team members to help reduce risk. The course also covers an introduction to avalanche safety gear including a transceiver, probe and shovel along with a demonstration of a complete and efficient companion rescue.
This course is a great start. It should be soon followed up with a complete AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course, taught by ASI.