Low Tide Day Out - Take Two - Sunday, Nov 26, 2023

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The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Somewhere between Calgary and Field 
Event Starts:   Sunday, Nov 26, 2023 08:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 06:30 AM @ TBD - based on where people are coming from (default is west edge of city off 16 Ave))  
Event Ends:   Sunday, Nov 26, 2023 04:04 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Nov 24, 2023 10:04 AM  
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Dan Doll

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 7
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   7 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


- BITS-Friendly Trip -

This is a repeat of the November 25 trip if  you couldn't make or get on that one.

While the snow is still scarce, let's try to take our skis/boards out for a walk and work on a few things to get ready for the season. The destination is TBD based on weather this week and any reports/information that can lead us to better coverage (beta welcome!). Turns will not be a priority and might not really happen - more likely that we will be coming down a summer trail (e.g. Burstall Pass, Healy Pass). Objectives for the day are 1) avoid getting injured and wrecking equipment, 2) getting into the groove of moving uphill with skis/split skis on, 3) practising beacon searching / rescue scenarios in the snow and 4) doing a shake-down on gear and systems for the season. We will have a pre-trip discussion Saturday night.

If you are registered in BITS this winter, you are welcome to join - note that this is not part of the BITS program, just a warm up to the season. 

Required Items to Bring:

- Three-antenna beacon (marking/masking function recommended)

- Metal shovel

- Probe

- Helmet

- Current, signed off electronic waiver through the ACC National membership system

Recommended Items to Bring:

- An older pair of skis / splitboard

- National park pass / K-Country pass

Note: if you are unsure of what to bring for a day of skiing/splitboarding, we can discuss in advance.

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   06:30 AM
Carpool Location:   TBD - based on where people are coming from (default is west edge of city off 16 Ave)


Backcountry Skiing / Splitboarding Hazards

  • Avalanche
      • Avalanches can occur in the terrain you will be entering. Caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain 
      • Anyone caught in a avalanche is at risk of personal injury, death, and or property damage or loss
  • Terrain
      • Cornices
      • Crevasses
      • Trees, tree wells, and tree stumps
      • Cliffs
      • Creeks
      • Rocks and Boulders
      • Variable and difficult snow conditions
      • Impact or collision with other persons or objects
      • Encounters with domestic or wild animals
      • Loss of balance or control
      • Becoming lost or separated from the group
      • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Boots and Binding systems
    • Even when set up correctly, a ski binding might not release during every fall or may release unexpectedly. The ski boot/binding system is no guarantee that the skier will not be injured. Non-DIN-certified bindings, such as pin/tech bindings, present a higher risk of pre-release and/or injury as they are not designed to the same safety standards as a DIN-certified alpine binding.
    • Unlike alpine ski boot/binding systems, snowboard and some telemark boot/binding systems are not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances. Using such a system increases the risk of injury and/or death when caught in an avalanche.
  • Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
      • Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available
      • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment or transportation out of the field,
      • Alpine weather conditions can be extreme and change rapidly without warning making travel by helicopter, snowmobile, snowcat, dangerous
      • If an injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow
    • Slips trips and falls indoor or outdoor
    • Infectious disease contracted via direct or indirect contact, including but not limited to influenza or Covid-19
    • Equipment failure
    • Negligence of other persons, including other participants and/or the trip coordinator

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.

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Registration for this event closed on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 10:04 AM.