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Day Trip Ski at Red Heather (beginner friendly) · Friday, December 8th, 2023
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Start: Friday, Dec. 8th, 7:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Dec. 4th, 5:15 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: clubroom
Small group day trip up to Red Heather to celebrate the end of classes for the term!
Red Heather is a great place to do your first ski tour, so I'm hoping to bring 6-8 people on the trip who haven't skiied much in the backcountry before. Eric Daigle is going to join me as another experienced person so we have a nice ratio. It'll be a change from our last time up to Red Heather together with 40 participants haha.
Approx 4.5 km from trailhead to Red Heather warming shelter. Moderate uphill skinning along the summer hiking path. Meadow-ish around hut where we can practice transitions and skiing down, time permitting.
What to pack: https://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Gear_Lists#Winter_Day_Trip
- ability to ski blue runs in a resort would be good
This isn't high risk avalanche terrain (but obviously we'll double check before the trip) so AST-1 (avalanche skills training) won't be required with the idea that people will be inspired to go get their AST-1 so they can go on more ski trips. Everyone will be required to have avalanche gear though, and that can be rented from the VOC.
Priority will be given in this order:
2) committed list order with priority for people who have never been skiing in the backcountry before this trip
If signing up as a driver, please make sure your car is capable of dealing with a kind of pothole-y FSR and ideally have tire chains so we can drive up to the upper lot and cut off some of the approach slog. Basically you'll be able to get up to the lower lot without chains no problem, it's just about 1 km of hiking from the lower lot to the trailhead that can be nice to cut off if people have chains (can only be in the upper lot if you have chains on your tires)