Date: Dec 02, 2017 to Dec 03, 2017

Time: All Day

Category: Education

Objective:  Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Contact:  Martin Hofmann (Leader) Josh Slatkoff (Leader)

Cost: 50$


Meeting location: Vancouver Island Mountain Centre

Meeting time: Friday evening, Dec 1 2017

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). Saturday we will go over the basics and then Sunday we will go for a tour into Strathcona Park.  Accommodation at Vancouver Island Mountain Centre included

Expected Outcomes: 

  • Equipment
    • 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
    • using your beacon
    • companion rescue practice

Skills Needed: Intermediate skiing/riding skills

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