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Learn to Shred at the Diamond Head [beginner friendly] · Tuesday, December 17th

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Organized by: Kelly Hurley.

Start: Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 7:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC Club Room


This trip is co-hosted by Natalie Maslowski. Please include both of us when emailing trip organizers with your questions - but do your best to do your own research before sending us a million emails :)  [email protected]


About this trip:

This trip will be a beginner-friendly ski touring day trip to Red Heather in The Diamond Head in Garibaldi Provincial Park. We will learn to put our equipment together, skin up, try skiing around, and for those interested, practicing some avalanche safety drills (including companion rescue, snowpack assessment and hazard assessment). There is a small day hut there to eat inside and hangout. We will celebrate the end of a good ski day with some cozy hot chocolate (optionally laced with delicious rum for those who aren't driving).

This trip is focused on introducing self-identified Womxn and gender non-conforming (GNC) people to backcountry skiing. This trip is meant to create a safe space for womxn/ GNC folks of all backgrounds, cultures and ski levels, to try out backcountry skiing. This trip is a safe, judgement free, trans-inclusive and a non-discriminatory space for folks to learn something new about the world of backcountry skiing and build community with other VOC shredders! This does not mean that only womxn/GNC folks are allowed on this trip (everyone is welcome!), but rather, we will prioritize womxn and GNC people for space on this trip. If there are enough spots left, we will open it up to all people to come. This trip is for outdoors people with a passion for the alpine and a desire to pursue out-of-bounds snow. Come learn how to backcountry ski and drink some yummy yummy hot chocolate with other rad humans!


Pre-requisites for this trip:


-At least one day skiing in the resort (to be familiar with ski technique) - reccomended since the ski back down to the FSR can be icy & narrow

-some backcountry experience including but not limited to: some backpacking/hiking/walking in woods skills (for familiarity of equipment and being outside in non ideal weather conditions)

-AST 1 (not required, but highly recommended for continuing backcountry ski pursuits!)

-Access to skis or splitboard, skins, ski boots, poles, helmet, backpack and some waterproof layers (pants and top) and warm layers/gloves/hat and avalanche safety equipment (shovel, probe, beacon) and headlamp, first aid kit. Make sure your boots and skis fit before the trip!

***If you don't have backcountry equipment, don't fret! The VOC can rent a backcountry ski/splitboard set-up to you, as well as a backpack if needed

*** See the VOC Wiki in the tabs at the top of this page to find out what other equipment you will need for a day out skiing! (If you still have questions after looking through these links, you are welcome to email one of us or find Natalie during my Monday gear hours, Kelly during Wednesday gear hours)


Other info:

- If you are experienced, have your AST1 (or higher), and are interested in helping out, please email us, and indicate in the sign up.

- Please become acquainted with the Avalanche Canada avalanche forecast. This is an essential online tool for folks who ski in the backcountry.


A Note for Drivers:

The trailhead is accessible on the Diamond Head Access Road. During winter months, you must legally carry tire chains in the vehicle to drive on this road. You must also have winter tires in order to drive the Sea to Sky. Please only sign up as a driver if you meet these prerequisites.


*** We, nor anyone else helping to organize this trip is an instructor/guide or expert in backcountry skiing and avalanche safety. We are simply those with more experience wanting to pass on our own skills and experiences to those who want to learn and create community with other passionate outdoors people!

Posted: 2019-11-27 19:34:25
Last modified: 2019-11-28 20:29:57