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Xtreme Yak and Zoa dual day trip · Sat. Mar. 3rd - Sun. Mar. 4th
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Start: Saturday, Mar. 3rd, 6:06 am
End: Sunday, Mar. 4th, 6:18 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 29th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: club room
Since I went to Iago for Intro to Backcountry Skiing this January, I've been wanting to go back to slay the fluff. The rough plan of this trip is, drive to the Coquihalla area, car camping, and go to daytrips to Yak peak, and then Zoa ridge.
XYZ dual daytrips are the revenge for Ancipital Backcountry Coquihalla Daytrips (aka Apparently Bailed on Coquihalla, Dual Duffery Daytrips) due to the poor snow condition.
We don't know the weather/avi condition yet.
I need experienced people in the trip - those who're familier with terrain choice, and those who have been to these place.
and of course, we need drivers - see how it goes....
terrain itself is pretty mellow, and my traveling speed is slower than most of machine people you found in the club (you already knew if you've been on trip with me before...), so if your concern is about fitness level, don't be hesitate - it's your trip.
I didn't mean to scare people off by not saying "beginner friendly"- it is, in fact, probably one of the few places that beginner skiers are comfortably challenge to make or even enjoy some sweet turns. However, there're some differences compared to some popular beginner friendly places such as Red Heather or Hollyburn - the trip involves tree skiing (i.e. there's a section that doesn't have trail to follow). This is usually no problem when skinning up - but you have to dodge trees/branches when you're coming down. I also observed deep tree wells. So if you hit the trees, not only you feel pain, but you may be in the well of 2m deep or so. So that's why you'd wish to have some basic survival ski technique, i.e. snow plowing, side slipping, and side stepping.
Also, as is the case with any backcountry skiing trip, I'd like all the participant to be familialized themselves with avalanche beacon. Although both destination (Zoa and Coquihalla ridge) are fairly mellow place, thus has less avi risk, but it's still backcountry, and you'll want to know it anyway. In case you've been missing beacon practices this year so far but still want to come - I will hold a mini explanation session how to use the beacon after pre-trip meeting, and will conduct a mini beacon practice before we're really heading off to the the terrain.
music instrument+songbook (optional but highly recommended)