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*Intro to Backcountry Splitboarding! - Beg. Friendly!* · Saturday, March 12th

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Organized by: Zack Wentz.

Start: Saturday, Mar. 12th, 8:00 am
End: Saturday, Mar. 12th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom (or outside of it if full)

Description:

Hello all VOC single-plankers! Have you been getting stoked all winter long seeing your friends' photos from all these phenomenal backcountry skiing destinations and wish you could make it out but didn't know how to with your snowboard? Or have you been riding Whistler for multiple weekends; loved the snow but not so much loved the hour long waits in the lines (or maybe the T-bar when it gets windy)? Well wait no further! Join me, and a few other extremely stoked and experienced VOC instructors/co-leads on an introductory day-trip in the backcountry specifically tuned to splitboaders! We'll go to destinations where we'll shred all the fresh pow and learn a plethora of backcountry skills in the process. And if you're still not convinced, check out this image of my buddy Mark from a previous trip:


Mark grabbing the sun while pulling a sick nose grab in the Shames Mtn. backcountry. Photo Credit: Nathan Starzynski.

**In addition, we advertise this trip as Beginner-Friendly, but by no means does this mean you can be an absolute beginner! Beginner-Friendly states that we will provide instruction and guidance for those who have questions or are struggling, and ensure everyones' well-being and is comfortable in the backcountry. Because we aim to meet these standards of introducing people to the backcountry in this manner, the pre-reqs listed below are the absolute minimum if you wish to attend this trip:**

  • Be comfortable and competent riding a slope rated black diamond difficulty (30-35 degrees) in a variety of snow conditions (powder, wet snow, corn, ice, hardpack, variable conditions, etc)
  • Be comfortable hiking for a day with a fully-loaded 30 L daypack weighing approximately 15-20 lbs up terrain that ranges in steepness from 5-35 degrees for the length of the trip with rest breaks every 30-60 minutes
  • Be comfortable and competent survival riding through tight trees in all snow conditions
  • Have or be willing to acquire clothing that is non-cotton (wool, synthetic, etc) 
  • Have your own snowboard boots, or be willing to acquire them from outside sources
  • Be willing to rent a splitboard at $55 for a day (non-refundable) from Excess Backcountry in Whistler.

Trip Information

Who: Experienced snowboarders comfortable riding intermediate-advanced terrain in a ski resort in a variety of conditions who wish to learn the skills neccessary to thrive in the backcountry.

What: A day-long introduction to backcountry splitboarding skills included with phenomenal powder skiing.

Where: Currently considering Mt. Sproatt outside Whistler; TBA based on conditions.

When: Sat. March 12th beginning at 8am and finishing around 6pm.

Why: Do I even need to answer this question?!

How: You'll find out on the trip. Get stoked!!

*Note: The trip states that the maximum number of participants is set for 8 participants. This cap is absolutely neccessary for winter backcountry trips that travel in potentially risky terrain, and I will not exceed this number for this trip. Hence, if you sign up as "Committed," it DOES NOT guarantee a spot on the trip; though if you sign up as "Committed" early and prove to have all the proper pre-reqs, then you'll have a increased likelihood of attending the trip.*

Posted: 2016-03-07 11:21:07
Last modified: 2016-03-07 23:50:52