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.

Avalanche Awareness Lecture

  • Two Options: December 2 or December 9. 6-7pm in North Underground Lecture Hall.
  • No registration necessary, open to the public.
  • Cost:  Free, Co-sponsored by the Outdoor Program and MissoulaAvalanche.org
  • Description: Learn about the avalanche phenomenon.

Cross-Country Ski Outing

  • Date: December 6
  • Register by:  December 1
  • Pre-trip Meeting: 
  • Cost:  $40. Includes transportation, equipment, and instruction.
  • Description: Great for all levels, this cross-country ski outing will take you to Lolo Pass. Our instructors will teach the techniques needed to be confident on cross-country skis, while exploring the trails around Lolo Pass.

Level 1 Avalanche Courses

  • Four Options:
    • January 22 - 25: Rattlesnake ($240)
      • Classroom: Jan. 22 & 23, 5pm-8pm in McGill Hall 210
      • Field Days: Jan. 24 & 25, all day Snowbowl/Rattlesnake
    • February 3, 4, 7, 8: Rattlesnake ($240)
      • Classroom: Feb. 3 & 4, 5pm-8pm in McGill 210
      • Field Days: Feb. 7 & 8, all day Snowbowl/Rattlesnake 
    • February 19 - 22: Lost Trail Pass ($200 plus one-way lift ticket at Lost Trail)
      • Classroom: Feb. 19 & 20, 5:30pm-8:30pm in Social Sciences 356
      • Field Days: Feb. 21 & 22, all day Lost Trail
    • February 26 - March 1: Lost Trail Pass ($200 plus one-way lift ticket at Lost Trail)
      • Classroom: Feb. 26 & 27, 5:30pm-8:30pm in Social Sciences 356
      • Field Days: Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, all day Lost Trail
  • 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 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).
  • 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.

Avalanche Awareness Workshop

  • Date: January 27 and 28. 6-8pm in North Underground Lecture Hall; Optional field trip on Feb. 1.
  • No registration necessary, open to the public.
  • Cost:  Free, Co-sponsored by the Outdoor Program and MissoulaAvalanche.org
  • Description: This workshop consists of two evening lectures and a field trip. A field trip on February 1 will be conducted for skiers and snowboarders who attended the lectures. The workshop is essentially free; except for a lift fee for the ski / snowboard field day. The one-way lift fee will be approximately $12. There is no registration for the evening lectures and the field trip will be organized at the end of the second lecture. Skiers or snowboarders attending the field session must be able to easily negotiate ungroomed intermediate slopes.

Ski & Snowboard Maintenance Class

  • Two Options:  February 4 or February 11, 6:00pm at the Outdoor Program Workbench
  • Register by: February 2 or February 9
  • Cost:  $10
  • 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 a stick of universal wax or P-tex.

Snowshoe and Track ID

  • Date: February 8
  • Register by: February 2
  • Pre-trip Meeting: February 4, 6pm at the Outdoor Program.
  • Cost: $40. Includes transportation, equipment and trip leaders.
  • Description: Get out and brighten up winter with this snowshoe outing. Trip leaders will help identify animal tracks along the way.

Ski/Board Trip to Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia

  • When: February 13 - 16 (President's Day Weekend)
  • Register by: February 9
  • Pre-trip Meeting: February 10, 5pm at the Outdoor Program
  • 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. Participants must have a passport.

Cross-Country Ski Weekend in Glacier National Park

  • When: February 13 - 16 (President's Day Weekend)
  • Register by: February 10
  • Pre-Trip Meeting: February 11, 5pm at the Outdoor Program
  • Cost: $195, includes transportation, lodging, park permit and equipment.
  • Description: Stay at the North Fork Hostel along the NF Flathead River. Enjoy cross-country skiing and exploring this beautiful area of Glacier National Park. 

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.