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duh, the shovel is to build gnarly back country kickers and sesh that shit all day.
the beacon sends out a rf signal that makes avalanches avoid you, its kind of like a force field around you for protection
Lol yea man of course. Actually? lol force field haha
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Harder marked runs are controlled, back country terrain isn't. Being able to go down bc terrain is the least of your worries. Listen to shredlife you can't just buy gear, ride hard trails and assume you're ready for the backcountry it's a whole different beast
Then how do you get ready? lol
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Lol ok thanks. Ya, you're right i'm not ready.
That's ok... There's still plenty of resort to ride... If you seriously want to get into bc then try to take an avy 1 course ASAP - you might even find one this season, make friends with people who already do bc, read some avy books like Bruce tremper's staying alive in avalanche terrain, and save grips of cash for the gear.... Hell do that all this spring and summer and by next season you could go.

But look on the bright side... This here lil ol interwebz convo just may have saved your life
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That's ok... There's still plenty of resort to ride... If you seriously want to get into bc then try to take an avy 1 course ASAP - you might even find one this season, make friends with people who already do bc, read some avy books like Bruce tremper's staying alive in avalanche terrain, and save grips of cash for the gear.... Hell do that all this spring and summer and by next season you could go.

But look on the bright side... This here lil ol interwebz convo just may have saved your life
Yeah no doubt. It's a lot more dangerous than i thought. I'll definetely take a avalanche saftey course before i attempt it. Avalanche beacons are expensive. Does the beacon go off after the avalanche? What if your partner is baried in a avalanche and there's a couple guys riding apart from you who have the same beacons? Will you still get your buddys signal?
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All Beacons run on the same frequency.. when they are on and you are wearing it you are always set on "transmit". If you get buried your buddies will bust out their beacons and switch them to "recieve" and then they will pick up the transmit signal from any beacon within range that is still set to transmit, so you can locate multiple victims. Range is 80m or less.

If you get on YouTube and search around you will find gopro vids of guys buried... It will scare the fuck out of you... Check em out
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Then how do you get ready? lol
Avy training classes..
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All Beacons run on the same frequency.. when they are on and you are wearing it you are always set on "transmit". If you get buried your buddies will bust out their beacons and switch them to "recieve" and then they will pick up the transmit signal from any beacon within range that is still set to transmit, so you can locate multiple victims. Range is 80m or less.

If you get on YouTube and search around you will find gopro vids of guys buried... It will scare the fuck out of you... Check em out
Yeah i saw some. It's crazy. Have you been envolved in a avalanche?
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Thankfully no, just trained for them.
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Sunshine offers a day in the dive with a ski instructor. They will provide the beacon etc. The avi gear for the Dive is more to keep punters out who are not able to ride it.

Delirium Dive & Wild West

There are back country gates where you can get out of the resort. Do not go out there! You will see loads of people doing it at the moment and they shouldn't be. The risk at the moment is off the chart. Wawa ridge that you mentioned earlier is very popular. Problem is its out of bounds so ski patrol don't bomb it. There is a massive cornice over it at the moment. Its just waiting for someone to trigger it.

Parks Canada - Avalanche Bulletin - Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks - Tue Mar 13, 2012

If you are looking for something steep check out South Side Chutes. It is a bit rocky but its steep and fun and they bomb the shit out of it before it opens. Also check out Hells kitchen. Another fun spot if its got fresh pow on it. Also under the TeePee town chair as well. Generally quieter than the areas serviced by the high.

While you are here check out Lake Louise. I was riding Eagle Ridge on the weekend and the snow is pretty good. And that is really serious double black stuff. Again controlled with bombing so it won't get much safer.

So many runs so little time.
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Sunshine offers a day in the dive with a ski instructor. They will provide the beacon etc. The avi gear for the Dive is more to keep punters out who are not able to ride it.

Delirium Dive & Wild West

There are back country gates where you can get out of the resort. Do not go out there! You will see loads of people doing it at the moment and they shouldn't be. The risk at the moment is off the chart. Wawa ridge that you mentioned earlier is very popular. Problem is its out of bounds so ski patrol don't bomb it. There is a massive cornice over it at the moment. Its just waiting for someone to trigger it.

Parks Canada - Avalanche Bulletin - Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks - Tue Mar 13, 2012

If you are looking for something steep check out South Side Chutes. It is a bit rocky but its steep and fun and they bomb the shit out of it before it opens. Also check out Hells kitchen. Another fun spot if its got fresh pow on it. Also under the TeePee town chair as well. Generally quieter than the areas serviced by the high.

While you are here check out Lake Louise. I was riding Eagle Ridge on the weekend and the snow is pretty good. And that is really serious double black stuff. Again controlled with bombing so it won't get much safer.
Sweet! Thanks. From what i hear, avalanches in sunshine haven't been that bad. If i created one, i could outrun it.
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