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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing · Sat. Jan. 21st - Sun. Jan. 22nd

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Organized by: Richard Shaw.

Start: Saturday, Jan. 21st
End: Sunday, Jan. 22nd, 11:59 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside the clubroom


Ross descending Mt. Baker into the clouds


This trip is an introduction to skiing and winter camping in the backcountry. We will likely be going to Fat Dog Creek in Manning Park, where we will head up 6-7km up the trail, camp overnight and ski some laps in the area. For this trip you do not need any previous experience backcountry skiing, but you must have some experience skiing (i.e. can descend a blue run in a resort without falling). Though we will be on reasonably easy terrain, you will be skiing with a winter overnight pack which will make things seem much harder. As we will be staying overnight in tents, you must also have experience camping, though not necessarily in winter (although it would be helpful). Split/snow boarders are welcome, but please let me know in advance.

For preparation try attending the Winter Long Hike the week before, though this is not required (although on this trip we will be sleeping in tents, not snow caves). For what to bring have a look at the VOC gear list, or send me an email with any specific questions. Some items e.g. four season tents/sleeping bags the VOC does not rent, so try to obtain them well in advance (MEC, borrow from friends etc).

The maximum number of participants depends on how many experienced skiers/winter campers I can convince to help run the trip, and how many cars we have, so may be quite uncertain until near the date (previous trips have been in the 20-30 participants range).

Any questions, feel free to email me or hit up the message board.

Posted: 2016-12-09 12:17:56
Last modified: 2016-12-27 01:43:50