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Backcountry in Colorado this Winter?

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I'm new to BC this year but can shred hard enough to handle it. Looking for BC skiers in Colorado (I'm in Denver) to start skiing with. Yes I have beacon, probe, shovel and know how to use them...just need to make some friends to shred with and learn a bit more about the Colorado ropes...PM me

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You're new to BC skiing and you'll be shreddin one of the most typically dangerous snowpacks in the US. Good to know you can do a beacon search, but unless you understand the dynamics of continental snowpacks and find some people with experience dealing with them, the best thing you can do is to be humble and say the following:

, " I'm a competent all terrain off piste skier with no BC experience and would like to find partners in Colorado who can help me learn the ropes as well as direct me to CO avy resources and information. I'm a swell guy, and won't flake on a dawn patrol even if my ridiculously hot girlfriend is spending the night and I'm hungover. I'll love your dogs even if their fur winds up all over the glue side of my skins because you haven't vacuumed your car for months. On that note, I've got reliable transportation and I'll happily share travel expenses. First couple of rounds of pre-season beers are on me for a meet and greet, and let me pick your brain a bit about how, where, when, and who (hopefully you and your buds who know what you're all doing) to tour with in Colorado without getting myself killed."

I say this because even though I've done a lot of BC skiing and touring, with one exception, it's all been in maritime snowpacks. The above is exactly what I'd do if I moved to Colorado and didn't have any potential touring partners even as an experienced BC skier. Shred when conditions allow, but otherwise, staying alive is generally all the real rage even if it doesn't seem that way on film. Make sure the 'interview' is also about trying to figure out what they know as much as it's telling them what you don't know.

Good luck. Hope you find some folks to get after it with.
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

You're new to BC skiing and you'll be shreddin one of the most typically dangerous snowpacks in the US. Good to know you can do a beacon search, but unless you understand the dynamics of continental snowpacks and find some people with experience dealing with them, the best thing you can do is to be humble and say the following:

, " I'm a competent all terrain off piste skier with no BC experience and would like to find partners in Colorado who can help me learn the ropes as well as direct me to CO avy resources and information. I'm a swell guy, and won't flake on a dawn patrol even if my ridiculously hot girlfriend is spending the night and I'm hungover. I'll love your dogs even if their fur winds up all over the glue side of my skins because you haven't vacuumed your car for months. On that note, I've got reliable transportation and I'll happily share travel expenses. First couple of rounds of pre-season beers are on me for a meet and greet, and let me pick your brain a bit about how, where, when, and who (hopefully you and your buds who know what you're all doing) to tour with in Colorado without getting myself killed."

I say this because even though I've done a lot of BC skiing and touring, with one exception, it's all been in maritime snowpacks. The above is exactly what I'd do if I moved to Colorado and didn't have any potential touring partners even as an experienced BC skier. Shred when conditions allow, but otherwise, staying alive is generally all the real rage even if it doesn't seem that way on film. Make sure the 'interview' is also about trying to figure out what they know as much as it's telling them what you don't know.

Good luck. Hope you find some folks to get after it with.


The OP should frame this, put it on his wall, and read it every morning.  Wonderful!

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The OP should frame this, put it on his wall, and read it every morning.  Wonderful!

Done. I put it up next to the bed and down by the fireplace. I humbly bow to your words, accept them, agree with them, and hope that I can find some vets of the CO BC to learn from.

 

Thanks....

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