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Beginner friendly ski trip to Paul's Ridge · Sunday, December 10th
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Start: Sunday, Dec. 10th, 6:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
MOST RECENT UPDATE (Dec 2): Attendance at pre-trip meeting is mandatory unless you know an experienced leader (Birgit Rogalla, Lucy Buchanan-Parker, Ross Campbell, Vincent Hanlon, Ryan McKenzie or me) who will represent/vouch for you. That person must be comfortable to confirm your spot and even then, it is not guaranteed that you have a spot.
Note that attendance at pre-trip meeting does not guarantee a spot. At the moment, we seem to be limited by number of experienced leaders rather than car spots (drivers with snow tires, and preferably chains, are of course necessary for the trip to happen). You must have backcountry ski and snow safety gear to attend this trip. At the moment, there should be ~ 24-30 spots including leaders.
MORE RECENT UPDATE: How many participants would go in the end depends on ratio to experienced folks and car seats.
** You’ll need ski touring gear for this trip. This means ski bindings mounted on skis that allow your heels to be free on the way up a mountain. You might have heard of telemark skis which are offered for free rental in the club. You just pay a deposit and get your full deposit back when you return all your gear in good condition. Alternatively you mayrent AT ( alpine touring) skis from MEC. Not free of course, but you get to clip in your heels on the ski down, whereas with teles your heels are always free. Folks I know with good knees love their teles and tele turns (I would have stuck with teles if I had the knees of an 18-year-old).
You will need climbing skins that fit your skis, as well as ski/hiking poles. If you happen to have voile straps, they will come in handy in case your bindings fall apart, or for any general strapping that might be required when you’re on the go.
Last but not least, you also need what is known as a snow safety trio - shovel, probe and a transceiver/beacon that has fresh (usually 3 triple A) batteries. This safety package can also be borrowed from the club for a deposit.
UPDATE: This trip could be on Dec 9 (Sat) or is on Dec 10 (Sun), depending on weather. I've changed the date of this trip to Dec 10 for the moment, as there are apparently final exams on Saturdays. Yikes!
Please indicate on sign up whether you can do "Sat only", "Sun only" or "both". Thanks!
I've organized several beginner-friendly trips before and usually I take people to Zoa in the Coquihalla. Basically we go where there's snow, so Red Heather/Paul's ridge is a possibility too.
Ideally, you would feel comfortable skiing at least blue runs, or you need to be pretty fit/strong and gritty. Honestly, if you've never skiied before, we'll need to have a chat to assess if this is the right trip for you.
Hopefully we have other experienced/AST-trained participants and vehicles with winter tyres for this trip.
Nicole (and Ryan)