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Name: Tantalus Big Mountain Steep Ski Trip
Starts: Wed Mar 29, 2017
Meetup: TDB
Return: Fri Mar 31, 2017

Registration opens: Sat Nov 19, 2016
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: 5H_ANGLE  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 4

Organizer: Simon Hutton
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Do you have AST 1 and how many years of Steep Skiing experience do you have?

2. Do you have Mountaineering & Rescue experience / training? Please explain.

3. Can you ski runs like Sudan Couloir, Hawaii 5.0, Banana Chute, NW Face of Fissile, with ownership and strong technique?

4. What Ski Mountaineering have you done, have you climbed steep peaks / couloirs to ski them, which ones?

5. With the variability in weather there is a fair chance we will need to be flexible; can you have a window that includes consecutive weekends? If the first target weekend was good we would take it, but if not we would aim for the second, and so on. Note the aforementioned dates are tentative and a larger window may make sense.

6. Upon confirming logistics and finalizing a group, are you willing to make a 30% deposit to the respective guide company? This would be refundable if we were cursed with no fly conditions for the target dates.

7. Feel free to reach out if you have questions

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Participant Information

Trip Duration: 3 days 2 nights

Location: Haberl Hut, Tantalus Range

Objectives: High Angle Steep Skiing & Skills Development

Costs: $900 approximately, for Helicopter Drop and Pick-Up, ACMG Guide, and Accommodation

Role of Organizer: Participant and outdoor enthusiast, dreaming of Tantalus for decades, no financial interest in trip whatsoever

Dates: confirmed March 29-31. subject to change with weather 

Participant Requirements: AST1, substantial steep skiing experience, some mountaineering experience and rescue training, strong fitness. If interested please respond to the Questions

Gear Required: Ski Mountaineering equipment, steep ski descent gear, all Avy safety gear. Full gear list to be circulated.


Trip Description: The Tantalus Range has some of the most aesthetic and formidable steep lines in the Coastal Range. This trip is intended for expert skiers seeking to ski steep exposed and often high consequence terrain on angles 45+ degrees in one of the more magical environments on offer; and simultaneously improve their big mountain skills by utilizing a local ACMG guide.

The use of the Guide will allow the group to improve its mountain skills in this high-angle environment, ensure a high degree of hazard management, and maximize skiing time by allowing the group to tap into the local knowledge and expertise of the guide. Note this trip is not intended to improve skiing skills - expert steep skiing skills are required to participate but you need not be a expert mountaineer.  

With the access challenges as they are, a helicopter will be used to access Haberl Hut, from Squamish, for a drop and pick up.

Due to unpredictable weather, flexibility in dates may be required and the above dates are not fixed.  A larger window may increase the odds of ideal conditions.

Here is a link to a video that showcases some of the terrain on offer. This is not intended to represent the lines that will be skied but rather to offer some perspective on the terrain and environment.



Participants will not be selected on a first come first serve basis but on their respective skill set. Please take care to answer the questions. 

Apologies for sounding so serious...The goal is to have FUN and manage safety under the best circumstances possible :-)  

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