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Intro To Backcountry! UPDATED JAN 24 · Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Organized by: AJ Dreher.

Start: Saturday, Jan. 28th
End: Saturday, Jan. 28th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: LIFE 2212



Due to very cold temps on Saturday night and Sunday morning, we are shifting plans to make Intro to Backcountry a day trip to Mount Sporatt on Saturday instead of an overnight trip to Fat Dog. The trip will be focused more on how to plan and execute a backcountry day trip for people who are new to ski touring but have taken AST, including route choice, skintrack setting, skinning technique, and moving and making decisions as a group. Because this objective has more exposure to avalanche terrain that is unavoidable, AST is highly preffered, and/or a day or two of prior ski touring experience.

Please come to the pre-trip meeting for more information.


Do you want to explore the mountains in winter, make fresh tracks, avoid resort crowds and lift lines, and get some exercise while you're at it? Then you might want to learn how to access the backcountry on skis!

The goal of this trip is to help people who already know how to ski transfer their skills to the backcountry. You will learn backcountry travel, avalanche awareness, and winter camping skills--and meet new friends and potential ski partners! 

This overnight trip will take place at Fat Dog Creek in Manning Park (a 3 hour drive from Vancouver, 2wd accessible trailhead). The terrain is mellow, perfect for learning how to skin on skis with a large pack. We'll travel to our camping spot, set up camp (while learning winter camping techniques), and hopefully do some skiing around camp if time and conditions allow. On Sunday, we'll hopefully do some skiing and then pack up and head out the way we came. More details about Intro to Backcountry are available on the wiki page (and will be covered at the pre-trip meeting), and gear that the club rents can be found here


  • Ability to ski blue runs
  • Ability to carry overnight gear for one night (backpacking experience)
  • The snowboarding equivalent is also fine, just be prepared to faff with a splitboard.
  • Stoke, perseverance, and patience!
  • If you're not sure if you meet the pre-reqs and really want to come, feel free to send an email to James Maltman ([email protected]) or AJ Dreher ([email protected]) and perhaps we can work something out.

Have backcountry experience and want to help out? Please sign up as a helper!

The pre-trip meeting is a mandatory prerequisite for attending the trip. If you can't make it, you must send someone to represent you, or send the organizers an email sufficiently ahead of time. 

Disclaimer: this is not an official avalanche safety training course and we are not certified guides. If you think you want to get into backcountry skiing (or plan on being in areas with avalanche risk no matter what's attached to your feet) you should definitely take your AST1

Posted: 2022-12-20 11:24:07
Last modified: 2023-01-24 13:42:23