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: An introduction or refresher on avalanche causes and avoidance.

Cross-Country Ski Outing

  • Date: December 6
  • Register by:  December 1
  • Pre-trip Meeting: December 2, 5pm at the Outdoor Program.
  • 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.

Avalanche Transceiver Clinic

  • Two Options: December 6 or December 13, 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Outdoor Program.
  • Register by: December 4 or December 11
  • Cost:  $15 each
  • Description: Get hands-on instruction and experience on how to properly use an avalanche transceiver in the backcountry. This is an essential skill for anyone looking to travel in the backcountry in winter.

Avalanche Awareness 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 3 or February 10
  • 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 a stick of universal wax or P-tex.

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.
  • 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.

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.