The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Introduction to conservative descision making practices in avalanche terrain + skiing - Sun, Jan 14 2018

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The Basics:
Event Type:Skiing
Event Location:TBD, north of Vancouver, south of Pemberton
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 14 2018  7:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 13 2018 12:00:00 AM
Event Duration:Day Trip
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Scott MacPherson
Graham Robertson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

We're basically going to go over how we make (what we consider to be) good group decisions in avalanche terrain when we set out for a day trip of back country skiing. It starts with pre-trip planning and making a set of goals that suit the group's ability level and the hazards that are present that day and that are flexible in case we make new observations in the field. But do we know what the group's ability level is like? Do we know what hazards we are going to face? I certainly don't at this point. We'll start with meeting in the Zephyr Cafe in Squamish to have breakfast, meet eachother, discuss group goals and talk about some specific trip plans. A few of the things we are going to sort out with the trip plan in the morning is 1) Discuss what hazards we are expecting to encounter and how to avoid them or mitigate them 2) Identify decision making points along our route 3) Pick out goals or runs for the day that suit the conditions and group 4) Conclude a schedule for the day. Once we get on our skis, we're going to practice conservative group management and hopefully achieve our trip goals (presumably of scoring sweet pow-pow). I hope we end up doing a day trip where my trip partner and I can share some of the ways we've found fun skiing while keeping out of trouble over the years. Before signing up, Please have the full day free and be comfortable skiing in back country terrain :) It will throw a wrench in the plan here if someone tells me over breakfast they have to be back in Vancouver for lunch. It will also be really tough to work with if someone can't ski back country terrain. That being said, you don't need to have AST1 to join and learn.

Required Items to Bring:
Ski/split board stuff (and be familiar with how it all works) food+water for the day Condition appropriate clothing Avalanche safety kit Headlamp
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:We'll start at the Zephyr in Squamish ( 49.6995253,-123.1545473,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3 m4!1s0x5486f81622f3f79d:0xdb09786dcff70166!8m2! 3d49.6995219!4d-123.1523586?hl=en) and make a pick from there.

The long term weather actually looks pretty sweet for that weekend!
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
*Note: It'll make my job as a trip organizer and volunteer a lot easier if people only sign up if they intend to attend. It's tough to fill in spots the night before the trip so please let us know with as much notice as possible if something comes up.

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