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04-20-2009 10:01 PM
justdust [QUOTE=killclimbz;157001]Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. It helps if you really don't mind suffering. A lot.

Lots of good advice folks, thanks. Sounds like nothing good comes easy but the payoff is worthwhile...now off to practice my suffering all summer and build up some tolerance!
04-20-2009 03:11 PM
Suburban Blend
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Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. suffering. A lot.
I'll second that. I'm all for heli/cat/sled access. But even sled neckers end up digging their shit out all day. Nothing beats 6 or more runs a day in a heli. Worth every penny
04-20-2009 02:55 PM
SMDSkata
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This has been added to my hit list. As stated before, go with a pro or an experienced guide from that area. Half the battle is route finding.
Yeah but I need to get a lot better before I go XD.
04-20-2009 01:05 PM
Zee I've been all dressed up (except the splitboard) with nowhere to go this year.
I'm selling my jeep, and once I give that up I am buying a splitboard.

I'll ease into it with 4-5 days in the BC next season... and a whole lotta sidecountry.
04-20-2009 11:33 AM
killclimbz Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. It helps if you really don't mind suffering. A lot. Most guide outfits that will teach you backcountry skills will require that you do a lot of hiking/skinning. Gaining some serious vertical and being out in the field for long periods of time. Your legs will get very tired, the weather can be crap, a good portion of the day will be very uncomfortable. Running a marathon can be a lot less painful than what you'll do when you're earning your turns. Plus, after you reach your objective and deem it safe enough to ride, you have to have enough in your legs for the down. That can be a tall order at time. Even using snowmobiles can be very taxing. They tend to get stuck in the worst spots, break down, etc. If your 'bile gets stuck and you can't get it out of the backcountry, it'll cost you $500-$600 to have a heli remove it, plus the pain of getting out of the area without the aid of your sled. If you are a person that likes to take these sort of challenges head on, the rewards are amazing.
04-20-2009 08:09 AM
Suburban Blend
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I'll probably venture up into northern michigan to experience this...
Mount Bohemia - Extreme Skiing - Michigan's Upper Peninsula
No grooming what so ever.
This has been added to my hit list. As stated before, go with a pro or an experienced guide from that area. Half the battle is route finding.
04-20-2009 08:09 AM
killclimbz
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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.
04-20-2009 08:04 AM
Suburban Blend
Steep and Deep snowboarding camp

May I recommend the Jackson Hole Steep and Deep snowboarding camp? Why not go with the best guides in the industry and learn from the pros. There is no better way than to learn safely from your own experiences. Check this full trip report I wrote.
Jackson Hole Steep And Deep Snowboard Camp :: Snowboard Revolution
Note the area inside the green lines is in bounds and outside the circle is Back Country. Jackson Hole has a lot of it.
04-20-2009 03:31 AM
Seedy J
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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.)

(Woohoo! Finally back into positive credits.)
04-19-2009 06:39 AM
Lil_Fuzz 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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