Backcountry Skiing

Location to be determined. Most likely Icefield parkway or HWY 93. Suggestions are welcome. Chances are, expect 16 km return with a height gain of 1000'. This trip will go ahead despite adverse weather, temperature or avalanche conditions. If avalanche conditions are deemed unsafe, the objective will change to terrain evaluation, snow study and avalanche skills practice.

This tour is open only to current members. All participants must have backcountry ski experience, be in adequate physical condition, have avalanche skills and training and have terrain evaluation skills. Please sign up, answer the questions, and then you will be moved from the waitlist to the attendee list.No cotton garments are permitted.

Mandatory gear list: Down coat,  AT/ Tele skis, skins , poles, boots, goggles and helmet, beacon, probe and shovel. Only current digital beacons and real avalanche shovels will be acceptable (no plastic or multipurpose shovels).  Substantial lunch along with 1.5 liters of water.  Hypothermia blanket, hand and foot warmers.  Spare gloves, waterproof shell and adequate warm layers.  Depending on turn out numbers, we may split into two groups. I will supply radios. Each group must have a complete snowstudy tool kit.  $20 for fuel reimbursement.

Failure to abide by trip rules, bring the required gear, exhibit tardiness or no show, will result in being banned from future functions.

More details to come.

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  • Danny

    My condolences to Greg's family !!

    March 18

  • Alfieri N.

    Sorry guys, I wont be able to join you this morning. Have fun without me and I hope to join you next time.

    March 15

  • Harry

    The current plan is looking like Helen's Shoulder. There is a variety of angled terrain and opportunities for a variety of snow study techniques. Avi conditions are currently not looking so favourable but it does promise to be a great day.

    1 · March 12

    • Harry

      the terrain is class two with plenty of wide angled terrain to choose from. due to last weekends epic snowfall, I'm planning on extensive snowpack evaluations: 2 compression test, shear / propagation test, ski cut. If the opportunity presents itself, I'd also like to run a T slot anchor, run a short rope and harness and harness cut a cornice to see how the slabs run.

      1 · March 13

    • Jonathan A.

      This will be educational for me. I like.

      March 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I share a ride with someone? Willing to pay gaz. Thank you

    March 12

    • Harry

      we usually carpool.

      March 13

  • Harry

    pineapple express !!!

    March 8

  • Alex

    5:30 am? ouch

    March 6

  • Harry

    let it snow... let it snow... let it snow!

    March 2

    • Harry

      thinking maybe running a few laps at Helen's shoulder or maybe bigger lines in the back of Chicadee Valley.

      March 5

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Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

  • PayPal
  • Cash or check - “Payment must be made before attending your first trip of the year with CORA. Your Membership will be valid until the next AGM.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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