BITS Friendly Day - Beginners Welcome - Saturday, Feb 13, 2021

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: TBD 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 07:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Feb 12, 2021 08:00 PM  
Event Duration: 1 Day 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Darren Mazzei

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   7 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


This will be an easy to moderate day with a focus on helping new users in the backcountry exercise and develop their avalanche safety skills. Darren Mazzei will be assisting me. The location will be determined prior to the trip based on conditions and weather. No car pooling due to COVID restrictions. We will meet at the trail head.

Your leader should contact you via e-mail 2 days prior to the trip to discuss location/timing/preparation. If you are unable to make this trip, please withdraw yourself via the calendar and let your trip leader know.

We ask that you please pre-fill and print out the waiver in advance. Do NOT sign - that needs to be done in person. We suggest bringing your own pen. If printing is an issue, please let you leader know in advance.


  • Course work: AST 1 completed
  • Ski/Board competency: You comfortably navigate BLACK DIAMOND terrain at resorts
  • Fitness: It’s COVID – moderate fitness is fine
  • See gear below
Required Items to Bring:

CLOTHING: - No cotton!

  • Long underwear tops and bottoms - wool or synthetic (If you sweat profusely, bring an extra set
  • Ski pants – softshell or light hardshell pants
  • Thin windbreaker/softshell - for walking uphill
  • Warmer softshell jacket – hooded is better
  • Shell jacket – to keep the wet or wind out, Gore-tex or similar
  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket – for breaks and emergency use
  • Lightweight gloves – for walking uphill
  • Warm gloves – 2 pairs
  • Mittens or an overmitt are recommended
  • 2 sets of Hand and foot warmers
  • Warm toque
  • Lightweight toque for walking up
  • Balaclava or neck tube


  • AT touring skis or telemark skis or splitboard (No snowboard/snowshoe combinations, splitboards only)
  • Skins
  • Touring specific boots
  • Adjustable length ski poles
  • Digital 3-Antenna avalanche transceiver (marking function recommended)
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Water bottle and/or thermos
  • Lunch/Snack
  • Small headlamp
  • Skin wax
  • Small personal first aid/repair kit: band aids, blister kit, headache pills, hand and toe warmers, extra batteries for transceiver and headlamp, duct tape, pocket knife, special binding and boot parts.
  • Toilet kit: toilet paper, baggie for used paper, hand sanitizer
  • Health insurance and mountain rescue insurance information
  • COVID-19 - Face Mask and hand sanitizer
  • 35-45 L capacity backpack (All your gear and clothing must fit inside your pack - Nothing should be strapped to the outside)

Recommended Items to Bring:
- Ski helmet (required for trips in April or later) - Avalung - Balloon pack.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   RBD  

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

Trip Feedback
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Registration for this event closed on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 08:00 PM.