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Phelix New Years · Fri. Dec. 27th - Thu. Jan. 2nd

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Organized by: George Hill.

Start: Friday, Dec. 27th
End: Thursday, Jan. 2nd
Pre-trip meeting location: Read trip details here and on the wiki page.


VOC's Annual Phelix New Years

Sign up on the wiki here. If you want to stay in the hut, sign up here.

In what has now become an annual tradition, many VOCers head to the Brian Waddington Hut (at Phelix Creek) to celebrate the New Year and shred the local gnar. It is the largest of all of our huts, and arguably one of the most beautiful, making for a pretty awesome New Years party. The hut can nominally hold 24, but we've had over 30 in the past. Stay for as long as you want. You're welcome to come and go as you please. Please note that this is not a guided/instructional trip, but more of a gathering of like minded powder hounds. However, if you've never been to the hut before, you'll most likely find someone willing to show you the way.

The terrain isn't exactly friendly for people who have never skied before, but you don't need to be an expert to come. Having done an AST (Avalanche Skills Training) course (or equivalent) is highly recommended. Most of the slopes surrounding the hut are generally labeled "intermediate" or "advanced", but there are some very short beginner level runs behind the hut.

2020 Lord of Phelix: TBD

The Lord of Phelix is in charge while up at the Hut over new years. Look for the Lord while up at the Hut if you have any questions or have any concerns.


How to Sign-up (IMPORTANT):

For those who  haven't been to Brian Waddington Hut for New Years before, its important to know that this trip functions differently from many big VOC trips: The trip organization is decentralized and you must self-organize. This is because people have a variety of scheduling needs and a variety of skiing abilities. Despite this we still try to have some organization to help us coordinate with each other and to help others who may not have a group to go up with yet. So if you intend to join us at New Years whether you are a current VOC member, a VOC alumni, or just a friend of the VOC please follow these sign up steps:

  1. Add your name and details to the list of people going on the wiki. 
  2. If you want to stay in the loft of the Hut, register on the google drive.
  3. Contact any people you need to contact in order to self-organize your group!


 Note: If the loft is full, the main floor can sleep a few people too. There is no "hut sign up" for sleeping downstairs.

Cost = Free!

For VOC members staying at the Hut is free! If you being driven by someone, make sure to contribute some gas money for their efforts. Other than that though, there is no "tickets" or other cost so if you are on a budget, borrow a pair of tele skis from the club, grab a beacon and come celebrate New Years while skiing killer pow on a budget.

Experience Required:

If you are wanting to ski, you must be able to ski/board blue runs confidently. Avalanche gear (Probe, shovel, transceiver) and knowledge on how to use it is mandatoryAST 1 is strongly recommended. If you don't have it, you must make sure that your car group AND your ski group are comfortable with you joining them. 

Before signing up please make sure your emergency contact information is filled out on your user profile! Do so here:

Hut info 

Things to Bring:

The hut is now heated by a wood stove. Wood is manually carried on the backs of volunteers to the hut all the way from the road so please please please use sparingly. Start with a small fire. The hut is well insulated and a small fire will heat up the hut. If it's too hot to sleep in your 0deg sleeping bags, you have used too much wood or y'all are just smoking hot athletic studs.

It can get noisy and crowded inside so some people may prefer to tent outside, but if it's -30C outside and +5C inside, that's a fairly compelling reason to sleep inside. There is a limited amount of space in the loft (31 people) so if you would like a spot sign up early. If you are only coming up for new years eve, consider bringing up a tent so that people staying more than one night don't have to switch between the hut and a tent. 

Snorkels are optional.

  • Avalanche gear (probe, beacon, shovel)
  • Skis/splitboard
  • Warm clothes & warm sleeping bag if sleeping in a tent.
  • Perhaps a tent to share with your carload
  • Food and a stove to cook it with; don't count on there being a stove up there
  • At least a headlamp, but maybe a more creative lighting solution for all.
  • Snacks to share for New Years
  • Your favorite beverage(s)

Check out the gear list for specifics.


Peer Support Group:

The peer support group was created to ensure that a comfortable and safe environment is maintained within the VOC. There are six members of the peer support group, both males and females, dedicated to maintaining this environment within the club. We encourage everyone to approach any of our peer support members (whom are listed under the exec members on the membership page if you have felt uncomfortable, or have witnessed a situation of discomfort, harassment of any form or felt lack of safety on any of our trips that you wish to discuss and seek a resolution for. Resolutions can vary from simply having a misunderstanding cleared up to helping provide support for resolving any issues between two people in a safe environment.

To read more about the PSG, visit our wiki page here:

Posted: 2019-11-19 00:20:05
Last modified: 2019-11-27 16:03:57