On the Snow

Register for trips and classes online, or at the Outdoor Program located on the northeast corner of the Fitness and Recreation Center near Washington-Grizzly stadium. Call (406) 243-5172 for more information.

These are last winter's activities. Next year's will be updated in the Fall of 2016

Cross-Country Ski Outings

  • Dates:
    1. January 9 (pre-trip meeting is Jan. 6 at 5pm)
    2. January 30 (pre-trip meeting is Jan. 27 at 5pm)
    3. February 6 (pre-trip meeting is Feb. 3 at 5pm)
    4. February 27 (pre-trip meeting is Feb. 24 at 5pm) 
  • Register by:  at least 3 days prior to trip date.
  • Pre-trip Meeting: See specific dates above. Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is required. You will meet your trip leaders and other participants, get fitted for equipment, review expectations and what to bring, as well as answer any questions you might have.
  • Cost:  $40. Includes transportation, equipment, trip leaders and instruction.
  • Description: Great for all levels, our cross-country ski outings will take you to Lolo Pass. Instructors will teach the techniques needed to be confident on cross-country skis, while exploring the trails around Lolo Pass.
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: No special skills or pre-requisites for this outing.
  • What to Bring: Participants should wear layered synthetic clothing and waterproof outerwear, a warm hat and gloves, and bring sunglasses, lunch/snacks, water, and a day pack to carry your gear. 

Introduction to Avalanches Workshop

  • When: January 26 and 28, 6pm in North Underground Lecture Hall. Optional field day is January 31 at Snowbowl.
  • No registration necessary
  • Cost: Free for the evening lectures; $12 for a one-way lift ticket on the field day.
  • Description: This is a free course consisting of two evening lectures and an optional field day up at Snowbowl. The presentation will include avalanche footage, slides, discussion and a Q & A session. The focus will be on how to recognize and avoid dangerous avalanche terrain and conditions. Participants in the field day must be able to descend from the top of Snowbowl ski area on skis or snowboard. Co-sponsored by the Outdoor Program and MissoulaAvalanche.org.

Level 1 Avalanche Courses

  • 2016 Dates:
    • February 2 and 3 - classroom days from 5-8pm in McGill Hall 210; February 6 and 7 in the field (Snowbowl/Rattlesnake). $240.
    • February 18 and 19 - classroom days from 5-8pm in North Underground Lecture Hall; February 20 and 21 in the field (Lost Trail Pass). $200.
    • February 25 and 26 - classroom days from 5-8pm in North Underground Lecture Hall; February 27 and 28 in the field (Lost Trail Pass). $200.
    • March 1 and 3 - classroom days from 5-8pm in Education Building 312; March 5 and 6 in the field (Snowbowl/Rattlesnake). $240.
  • Description: These courses are offered in conjunction with MissoulaAvalanche.org and follow the Level 1 recommendations of the American Avalanche Association. Each course consists of two classroom lecture days and two all-day field days. 
  • Registration: Register at the UM Outdoor Program located on the east entrance of the Fitness and Recreation Center or by calling them at (406) 243-5172. Online registration: Once on the online portal, click Register for the session you want, Sign in using your NetID (UM community) or create a new account (general public).
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: Participants must have a transceiver, shovel and probe. Participants must have the ability and tools to travel in the winter backcountry and negotiate inconsistent snow conditions on snowboards or skis. Split boards or skis with climbing skins are the most efficient choice; snowboarders with snowshoes are a second choice.

Ski & Snowboard Maintenance Class

  • Two Options: February 4 or February 11, 6:00-7:00pm at the Outdoor Program Workbench.
  • Register by: February 2 or February 9
  • Cost: $15 each. Includes hands-on instruction and stick of wax or p-tex.
  • Description: Keep your equipment tuned all winter! Join us for a one hour hands-on clinic at the Outdoor Program workbench about waxing and sharpening your board or skis. Cost includes personal instruction, use of bench and tools, and use of universal wax or P-tex.
  • What to Bring: Your skis or board, and a notepad and pen if you want to take notes.

Snowshoe Outing

  • When: February 7
  • Register by: February 2
  • Pre-trip Meeting: February 3 at 6pm.
  • Cost: $40 includes transportation, trip leaders and equipment.
  • Description: Get out and brighten up winter during this all-day snowshoe outing with the Outdoor Program.
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: None. This is a great option for all levels of fitness and outdoor experience.
  • What to Bring: Details will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. Dress in layers (no cotton), winter hat and gloves, waterproof outerwear, sunglasses, boots, lunch/snacks, water, money (for the visitors center gift shop and hot drinks).

Ski/Board Trip to Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia

  • When: February 12 - 15 (President's Day Weekend)
  • Register by: February 8
  • Pre-trip Meeting: February 9 at 5pm. Attendance is required.
  • Cost: $345 includes transportation, lodging and a 2-day lift ticket.
  • Description: Fernie Alpine Resort, located in British Columbia, is a big mountain with big terrain in a small mountain town. Known for huge bowls and great powder! You will be transported to Fernie in a University vehicle by Outdoor Program trip leaders. We stay 3 nights in a hostel in the beautiful ski town of Fernie. Participants must have a passport.
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: Participants should have some skiing or boarding experience.
  • What to Bring: Bring your passport! Winter clothing, water bottle, food, ski equipment, sunglasses, books, music, etc. Details will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. 

Cross-Country Ski Weekend in Glacier National Park

  • When: February 12 - 15 (President's Day Weekend)
  • Register by: February 10
  • Pre-trip Meeting: February 10 at 5pm. Attendance is required. You will meet your trip leaders and other participants, get fitted for ski equipment, go over expectations and gear packing lists, and answer any questions you might have. 
  • Cost: $225 includes transportation, lodging, park entry fees, trip leaders, and cross-country ski equipment.
  • Description: Spend an active winter weekend in Glacier National Park! We will spend 3 nights at the North Fork Hostel near Polebridge, MT, and 3 days cross-country skiing throughout the park. Polebridge is located in the North Fork Valley along the Flathead River just west of Glacier National Park.
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: Participants should be in good physical condition. Prior cross-country ski experience not necessary, but must be open to adventure with a good attitude.
  • What to Bring: Sleeping bag, food, water bottle, day pack for ski outings, warm clothing and waterproof outerwear. Details will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting!

Introduction to Mountaineering

  • When: March 19
  • Register by: March 16
  • Pre-trip Meeting: March 16 at 5pm. Attendance is required. We will review class expectations, get fitted for gear, go over what you need to bring, and answer any questions you might have. 
  • Cost: $50 includes transportation, instruction and equipment.
  • Description: This all day field trip will cover trip planning, self arrest, rope travel, how to build snow anchors, and more. 
  • Skill Level / Pre-requisites: No experience necessary.
  • What to Bring: Details will be reviewed in the pre-trip meeting. Plan to bring at least layered, warm clothing and waterproof outerwear, lunch/snacks, water, and a day pack to carry all your gear. 

Campus Recreation is an equal opportunity service provider that conducts certain activities under special permit with the US Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Montana's Campus Recreation trips are permitted on the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Clearwater National Forests (Clause VII.B.). The UM Outdoor Program is partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and a member of the American Canoe Association, Trout Unlimited, The Access Fund and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.