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Trip Information
Name: Beginner Friendly Ski Tour - Paul Ridge
Starts: Sun Mar 10, 2019
Meetup: 8AM Starbucks by Canadian Tire in Squamish
Return: Sun Mar 10, 2019

Registration opens: Sat Mar 02, 2019
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: B2  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Kathleen Lane
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Trip Planning Questions

What backcountry skiing experience do you have?

What avalanche training/knowledge do you have?

What is your skiing ability?

Do you have your own gear or will you be renting?

Do you have a 4x4 with winter tires and chains?

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Participant Information

Just getting into ski touring? Red Heather/Paul Ridge is a good beginner-friendly destination. This will be a moderate-paced trip, and we'll stick to skiing moderate slopes. That being said, you will still need the fitness to be out all day and the ability to ski blue runs in any condition - there is some easy tree skiing involved, and backcountry ski conditions can be extremely variable. 

The Plan: We will meet at the Starbucks near Canadian Tire in Squamish at 8:00 AM (40147 Glenalder Pl #105) where we will introduce ourselves, our goals for the day, and review the avalanche conditions. 

From Starbucks we will carpool to the Diamond Head parking lot where we will gear up and skin to the Red Heather hut (5km, 500m gain, about 1.5 hours). 

After a quick snack and bio break, we'll do some companion rescue practice, then spend the afternoon making observations about the snow and weather, talking about terrain and practicing our skinning techniques on the slopes above the hut while we ski a couple of laps. The focus will be on making conservative decisions. 

We will ski out mid-to-late afternoon, aiming to return to the Diamond Head parking lot for about 4:00pm

What to Bring:

  • Touring skis (or split board) and skins
  • Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
  • Extra layers
  • Food and water
  • Helmet (highly recommended. You never know what might happen and head injuries are life-changing)
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses and sunscreen
  • 10 essentials
  • A spare jacket/gloves that you don't mind getting dirty when you help put chains on the jeep
  • Willingness to learn and make decisions as a group
  • Smiles and stoke :)

Other stuff to know:

Chains are mandatory to drive up to the Diamond Head parking lot. I have a jeep with chains, and can fit 4 people, including myself, and gear. My co-organizer Gina also has a truck with chains :)

Avalanche and companion rescue knowledge is important, whether you have obtained this through an AST course, BCMC course or other practice session. We will be practicing our companion rescue before we ski any laps. 

I have been ski touring for about 3 years now, and have been fortunate enough to have skied with many great mentors and to have participated in ongoing training. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I have gained with people just getting into the sport, and have organized/co-instructed on a few introductory club trips. Please remember that I am a trip organizer, not a trip leader or a guide. 

All our decision-making will made as a group, so a collaborative attitude is important. The focus will be on conservative decision making so if that means that there is a chance that we will turn back early or that we may not get much skiing in. This trip is dependent on weather, avalanche and road conditions.

 

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