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A fun and interesting day of learning to Ski tour at Paul's Ridge. Good Weather - light snow on and off through-out the day, calm winds comfortable temps. 17 of us met in West Van at 7:00am, sorted out carpools and reconvened and picked up two more members, making 19 total, in Squamish. Headed up to the trail head and by time we set off up the skin track we were 21. Wait a sec, only 19 of us are signed up? Whats going on?!? Learned half way up the trail who wasn't with our group; too bad some of our groups gear was locked in their car...Reached Red Heather Hut after about 1hr 15min. Had a break and some lunch and headed back out. 2 headed home, 2 confessed to being stowaways, so that brings us to 17 members. Wait, why are there only 15 at the latest head count? All of us had made it to the Hut when we did a head count before lunch... After a bit of a wait for the 2 MIA, we spotted them happily skiing above and obviously self-sufficient. We headed up the nearby slopes, found a safe spot and practiced some skills. Practiced our digging skills, did a Rutsch Block test and a compression test. Thanks for sharing your Avi knowledge with the group Deon! Both tests sheared easily and cleanly on a weak layer. Decision: lets ski some conservative lines. Oh uh, a broken binding! The group worked together with pooled resources of screwdrivers, wire and duct tape to allow the skier to make it back to the car, albeit slowly and conservatively to not break the temporary repair job. 2 more down. The remaining 13 of us skinned up to the top of the ridge, had a great run down in some nice powder and met up back to the hut. Our group head count was restored, everyone accounted for, lets ski down to the cars. We arrived at the cars without incident. Waited for the "stowaway" to return to get our groups gear back from their locked car and ended our day with snacks and beers at the Brew Pub. Thanks to the drivers for getting us safely to the Trail Head and thanks to everyone for a great day out!
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