Introduction to Backcountry Skiing workshop [B2]

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Objective: Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Contact: Martin Hofmann, Josh Slatkoff, Gary Croome, Keith Battersby


Cost: $25

Description: Learn the basics of backcountry skiing in this workshop. Open to telemarkers, alpine tourers and splitboarders. We will cover equipment, snow travel and unique features of winter in the backcountry. Participants should have at least AST1 (or be enrolled in an AST1 course). Things will be a little different this year (isn’t everything?) Friday evening will be a Zoom presentation covering basic equipment and techniques.
Saturday morning one group of 6 will go outside and go over the basic skills and do a short tour in the neighbourhood of Raven Lodge, Sunday morning a second group of 6 will go out and do the same thing.

Expected Outcomes:

– ski/snowboard gear
– avalanche gear
– clothing (layering systems)
Travel in the backcountry:
– route finding
– setting an uptrack
– terrain management
– skiing in the trees
Avalanche awareness:
– terrain awareness
– companion rescue practice

Skills Needed: Intermediate skiing/riding skills, Comfortable skiing blue and easy black runs, some off-piste experience.

Gear Needed: AT or Telemark Skis or Splitboard with skins that fit [can be rented from Ski Tak Hut), Avalanche Gear (3 antenna beacon, shovel and probe, can be rented from ACCVI)

Max Participants: 12 participants (must be members of the ACC, preference given to Vancouver Island section members)