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Hey guys, 

 

I'm totally new to backcountry--have never ever skied it before. I'm in the Vancouver area. How would I get started with BC? Lots of AST courses in Whistler, which I'll definitely take before any BC adventures. That said, how do you get into the Vancouver BC scene? (Is there such a thing?) 

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Hey guys, 

 

I'm totally new to backcountry--have never ever skied it before. I'm in the Vancouver area. How would I get started with BC? Lots of AST courses in Whistler, which I'll definitely take before any BC adventures. That said, how do you get into the Vancouver BC scene? (Is there such a thing?) 



I'm sort of in the same boat. I'm in Vancouver, have taken an AST1 course (up in Whistler) as well as an unofficial avi course, have all the gear but have barely got any experience. I've only been out twice and then a couple times on my snowmobile but sticking to extremely safe, almost no avalanche hazard areas on low avi hazard days.

 

It seems to be difficult to find partners that are willing to "show you the ropes" since when you're inexperienced you're putting them at additional risk too since everyone has to rely on eachother in the backcountry. You also have to be in very good shape to be able to keep up.

 

If anyone doesn't mind pairing up with an (almost complete) newbie, I'm game any time.

 

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Well here's a film for some stoke, and a warning about some dangers.

 

nimbus films                 en route bc

 

En Route Camp B.C. follows Anthony Boronowski, Julien Regnier and Eliel Hindert on a snow camping mission up into Callaghan, British Columbia.

 

Nimbus Independent was started in 2007 by Eric Pollard in collaboration with Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, and Chris Benchetler. The four like minded skiers began Nimbus to bring a different perspective to skiing.

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There certainly is a Vancouver backcountry scene, in fact there are multiple scenes (sled access backcountry, WB sidecountry, mountaineering and hiking club outings, etc.) If your main interest lies in finding a more knowledgeable ski partner you could try hooking up with ski partners via Club Tread. http://www.clubtread.com/

 

The Alpine Club of Canada (http://www.accvancouver.ca/) and the BC Mountaineering Club (http://bcmc.ca/index.asp) have trips every weekend. The Alpine Club seems especially keen on attracting new people to ski touring. Come to think of it both the ACC and BCMC are offering a series of beginner friendly trips. You aren't required to be a club member to go on your first few trips, unless the trips are very popular or require greater levels of skill and experience.

 

If you don't yet have a copy of John Baldwin's guide to ski tourig in the Coast Range, that would be a good place to start to get a sense of where you might go, even solo. The Diamond Head area in southwestern Garibaldi Park is probably the best ski touring area for those just getting into it. It is a very popular area though so you might find yourself in the company of quite a few people, especially if you overnight at the Elfin Hut.

 

The Coquihalla highway, near Coquihalla summit, has a number of beginner friendly tours: Zoa Peak being an especially good first trip, though the route finding is a tad less obvious than the route finding at Diamond Head which is completely obvious below tree line, then wanded above.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

Hey guys, 

 

I'm totally new to backcountry--have never ever skied it before. I'm in the Vancouver area. How would I get started with BC? Lots of AST courses in Whistler, which I'll definitely take before any BC adventures. That said, how do you get into the Vancouver BC scene? (Is there such a thing?) 



 


Edited by Tecumseh - 2/4/12 at 12:50pm
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All of the advice from Tecumseh is excellent.

 

The Vancouver section of the ACC had a deal on beacons for members - it might not be too late to get in on that.

 

One other thing I would add is to not just "go along" with people because they have more experience.  Get your AST-1 training (you can do it in Vancouver if you don't want to drive to Whistler) and be prepared to make independent decisions.  Don't go with people that aren't willing to turn around if any one person in the group is uncomfortable (and conversely, don't go on trips that are obviously beyond your comfort level.)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Tecumseh View Post


There certainly is a Vancouver backcountry scene, in fact there are multiple scenes (sled access backcountry, WB sidecountry, mountaineering and hiking club outings, etc.) If your main interest lies in finding a more knowledgeable ski partner you could try hooking up with ski partners via Club Tread. http://www.clubtread.com/

 

The Alpine Club of Canada (http://www.accvancouver.ca/) and the BC Mountaineering Club (http://bcmc.ca/index.asp) have trips every weekend. The Alpine Club seems especially keen on attracting new people to ski touring. Come to think of it both the ACC and BCMC are offering a series of beginner friendly trips. You aren't required to be a club member to go on your first few trips, unless the trips are very popular or require greater levels of skill and experience.

 

If you don't yet have a copy of John Baldwin's guide to ski tourig in the Coast Range, that would be a good place to start to get a sense of where you might go, even solo. The Diamond Head area in southwestern Garibaldi Park is probably the best ski touring area for those just getting into it. It is a very popular area though so you might find yourself in the company of quite a few people, especially if you overnight at the Elfin Hut.

 

The Coquihalla highway, near Coquihalla summit, has a number of beginner friendly tours: Zoa Peak being an especially good first trip, though the route finding is a tad less obvious than the route finding at Diamond Head which is completely obvious below tree line, then wanded above.

 

 



 



 

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Awesome! Thanks guys! Can't wait for next season. 

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