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1-2 8 26.67%
2-5 4 13.33%
5-20 3 10.00%
21+ 2 6.67%
None but very interested, tell me more! 13 43.33%
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious how many of you already have or seriously hope to go BC. It looks like a blast, but a lot to learn before heading out! Maybe you have some tips on beginner BC adventures?
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have a cool enough resort that has inbounds backcountryesque feel just try doing a few runs that are inbounds but only accecible by hiking. If your local mountain has lift accessed backcountry just take small trips in and maybe talk to local ski patrol for tips.


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Old 04-17-2009, 09:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just curious how many of you already have or seriously hope to go BC. It looks like a blast, but a lot to learn before heading out! Maybe you have some tips on beginner BC adventures?
of course ill preface with be sure you have all the needed gear ..shovels probes beacons first aid stuff cell phone or some gps and the one thats normally forgotten .. MAKE SURE SOMEONE AT HOME KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE GOING, WHEN YOU ARE GOING, WHO YOU ARE WITH, AND WHEN YOU WILL BE BACK AND EVEN IF ITS THE BEST DAY EVER BE BACK AT THAT TIME

never go "exploring" even in a group.. at least one person in your group should be very knowledgeable about the bc you are heading into and it def varies from mtn to mtn. personally i feel comfortable going bc at brighton and the canyons simply because i know those areas best and know how current daily conditions will effect the avvy conditions of the last few days. i know what slopes get sun when which wind load under what conditions. If i went bc somewhere else id want someone leading me that had that same amount of knowledge about that area.

of course all thats just local.. i really would like to one day hit something in alaska or south america with a good guide..
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got about 40 days in the backcountry this season alone. Hundreds over the last six years. It's where I prefer to ride. Resorts are such a junk show, that the only reason I go to one is typically to access the slackcountry or ride with my lady. Otherwise I'll hit the bc.

Backcountry varies by region. Out on the east coast, most people that go out in the backcountry don't carry beacons, shovels, probes, etc, and for most areas they don't really need them. Emergency provisions, first aid, sure, but avalanches are not really a problem. That changes in a few spots, such as Mt Washington, the 'dacks, and the Chic Chocs. There is serious avalanche danger at those spots and you should have gear and knowledge. I'm sure there are some other ranges that have dangers out there, I am just not familar with them.

Burrito is pretty spot on. You need to have a partner. It helps to find someone that is experienced and will take you under their wing. Lack of that, find a reliable partner, read a book, go take a level I course. Then you can put that knowledge to practice, the more effort you put into your education the more you will get out of it. You also have to be willing to go out some where and turn around and leave. I've had around 6 missions, where I hiked for miles to get to an area, only to walk away because of the red flags we were getting. Sucks to put all that sweat and effort only to get skunked. Better to live to ride another day.

Fortunately, that is more the exception than the rule. Learning how to travel safely in the bc opens up a huge world to you. I've got 10X the terrain open for me to explore without the shit show that is the resorts. Trips to other place suddenly become a whole different dynamic, when you don't have to rely on a chairlift to get your turns. Riding in the backcountry, especially if you have touring gear (splitboards) really becomes a brotherhood. If you can show knowledge and respect for the terrain, it is very easy to meet people at spots that are new to you and travel with them. I had a great day my first time in the bc around Little Cottonwood Canyon. A teleskier couple invited us to tag along on their tour and we made fantastic turns and had a great time with new friends. The skier/snowboarder bullshit that can exist at resorts, just doesn't out there. Sure some people may have a notion that boarders aren't fit for the bc, but most of them change their mind after you put in the same effort they do and then rip turns with them. I think I've seen that once.

It's a different game for sure. Ski patrol isn't right there to scrape you up if you get hurt. There is a much higher chance that you can get killed if you make stupid decisions. So you need to learn how to make sound decisions. EVERY single avalanche accident this year, happened because someone made a bad decision. Every one of them. In fact you can look back at reports for every accident recorded and find the mistake. This doesn't mean you or I won't make one, but look back at them an learn. Some of them are things you would have never of thought of until you read about it. It's all about stacking the odds in your favor. The only sure fire way to survive an avalanche is to never get caught in one. That is what I strive for.
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Once I turn 18, I'll probably venture up into northern michigan to experience this...

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Old 04-18-2009, 09:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've only done one day of real BC so far, and a few days of sidecountry(?) and lift accessed BC. So far it's been great, and I'm planning on doing a lot more of it next year.
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oh would love to give backcountry a try but wouldn't even know where to start. Haven't heard of much in Aus I'd have to ask around at the local boardstore about for some spots. What the situation on your board? Can you get away on a normal all mountain or need a pow dedicated board.
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Haven't heard of much in Aus...
Aussie, eh? Just come to Niseko like the rest of your countrymen . (No offense meant - I like the Aussie presence in Niseko.)

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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oh would love to give backcountry a try but wouldn't even know where to start. Haven't heard of much in Aus I'd have to ask around at the local boardstore about for some spots. What the situation on your board? Can you get away on a normal all mountain or need a pow dedicated board.
There is actually quite a bit of bc riding to be done in Australia. At least when the season is good. I'll see if I can dig up some of the TR's from Splitboard.com later today.
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