Would it be possible to carpool with other participants? How can I get their information?
Yes! Upon signup, we will link you up with other participants and try to arrange the most convenient transportation for everyone.
If I bring my own gear, will the cost change?
Unfortunately, no; this gear is provided as part of the retreat. You may bring your own gear if you prefer, but most of the time when participants do, they end up using our gear which would have saved a lot of room when traveling. You only need to bring your personal items. To help prepare, we have a packing list on each retreat page as each location requires different needs.
How many women come by themselves?
90 percent of our participants come to our retreats alone. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking new friendships. We do have friends sign up together on occasion which is fun to see too!
Will there be a packing list to help me prepare for the trip?
Yes! Check the “Logistics tab” for an overview and a specific list provided by SMG. Please take a look if you have questions.
What is the average age of the participant?
Age is just a number to us! We have a wide range of ages of women who attend our retreats which we highly anticipate and welcome. The average ages that attend are 24 to 45; we have had women in their 60's join who enjoy themselves as much as the 20-year-old participants. It really is up to the physical ability level of the guest.
I have my Level 1 but I’ve only skinned a few times before. Do I need previous backcountry experience?
While we strongly encourage having your Avalanche Level 1 or equivalent, our highly trained guides and leaders will teach basic + tangible backcountry skills. Each day will include an educational theme from Leave No Trace, navigation, mountain weather, backcountry ski techniques, and more. If you want to talk through any concerns, please reach out to us directly!
Do I need my own equipment?
If you do not have your own alpine touring set up (skis + skins), or you wish to Demo new gear, please contact us directly to inquire about an Icelantic touring set-up. Sawtooth Mountain Guides is also able to provide avalanche safety equipment if you choose to not bring your own. Please contact us directly if you have any questions!
Do I need to bring extra food or snacks? What about cold snacks?
We will provide a hearty and healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee for 3 days. We recommend you to bring your own energy bars or additional snacks for long days in the backcountry. Alcoholic beverages are welcomed, but will not be provided.
How many people will be on the retreat?
There will be a total of 12 people on the trip.