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Intro to Summer Skiing (a.k.a. Intro to suffering) · Sat. Jun. 23rd - Sun. Jun. 24th

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Organized by: Phil Tomlinson.

Start: Saturday, Jun. 23rd, 6:00 am
End: Sunday, Jun. 24th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Jun. 20th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Club Room


Some people think that just because the days are long and the sun is shining, that the ski season just 'ends' or something. It doesn't. The ski season is 12 months of the year, but it's split into two halves: the half for lazy people and the half for people that ACTUALLY like skiing. There's nothing like tossing your skis on your pack and slogging along a logging road wearing your ski boots. Post holing through snow patches between the trees? That's just one legged squats with a pack on, helps you get ready to slay pow when it shows up again.

I've skied every month for the last 19 months, and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

The Brian Waddington hut is a pretty awesome place to hang out and the slopes funneling down to the upper lake are probably still covered in Canadian cocaine so I figure I'll head up that way this coming weekend. The hut sleeps about a million people so the more the merrier.

I'm calling this a beginner friendly trip, but there's a couple of caveats. Actually, there's just one. You have to be willing to suffer. It's approximately 10km and 800m elevation from the winter parking lot, and my car doesn't like going any further than that. If a couple of trucks show up, we could conceivably drive a little higher.

Skis area really heavy, if you love to ski and don't mind suffering, then probably that doesn't bother you too much. If either of those statements don't apply to you then this may not be the trip for you. Every year we break a few people hiking up to the hut with lightweight hiking packs on, so toss in some ski gear and the suffering potential is at least double.

IF you don't really feel like hauling skis, but are still interested in coming up to the hut, snow shoes are always an option. They're just a much worse option and people (me) will question your mental health. Probably you will get to then laugh really hard at people with skis as they slowly drag themselves up to the hut or fall flat on their faces on the way down.

Anyway, skiing in the summer is fun. Feel free to email me or post on the message board if you have any questions.

Posted: 2012-06-18 14:14:00
Last modified: 2012-06-19 12:40:01