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Zoa peak - beginner-friendly backcountry skiing · Saturday, November 23rd

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Organized by: Nicole Ong.

Start: Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 6:00 am
End: Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Nov. 21st, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC clubroom (note change of time to 6pm instead of 5pm)


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1) Car with winter tyres?
2) AST trained?
3) Have ski gear (boots, skis/splitboard/snowshoes, skins that fit, poles)?
4) Have backcountry safety gear (beacon, probe, shovel)?
5) Resort or backcountry experience?"

Zoa Peak in the Coquihalla (for an idea where Zoa is, see link) is a nice, mellow area to ease back into ski season or learn how to ski in the backcountry without the challenge of an overnight pack. There isn't much of a view, but the snow should be delicious. If there are newbies, I'll want to spend a large portion of the pre-trip going through some basics in terms of layering your clothing and using an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel for companion rescue. On the actual day out, besides skinning/skiing to our hearts' content, we'll conduct a beacon search practice, perhaps dig a snow pit or two, and if you are new I suspect there will be some challenges getting used to your AT or tele gear as well.

Date may be moved depending on snow condition.  

Zoa's description, from the Baldwin bible:
Total distance: 9km
Elevation gain: 640m
Terrain: Challenging


  1. You should have at least skied in the resort (once or twice) and will definitely enjoy this trip a lot more if you can ski at least the green runs.
  2. Everyone on this trip MUST have skis, boots, skins, poles, avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. These items may be borrowed from the club. Bring cash and try the boots earlier in the week to make sure you find a pair that fits. The club only supplies telemark skis and tele-boots. Alpine touring skis and boots can be rented from MEC (call in advance to reserve). Apparently this isn't an option till December.

Would be glad to have other experienced VOC members (esp. people who tele) help me run this trip. Otherwise the trip will be capped at one car load. Cheers.

Posted: 2013-10-22 14:34:58
Last modified: 2013-11-20 21:06:30