Canadian Team Technical Training Camp

Friday

The goal:  make it in to the cabin with staggeringly heavy load

Colvin and I met up at the Asulkan parking, donned headlamps and started the trudge, with the new snow that’d fallen the skintrack was quite well filled in and travel was fast.  After a couple of hours we made it to the cabin to snack on appys while the main feast of buttered chicken was prepared.  Once the dishes were washed we wandered out into the moonlight for dreamy pow skiing on the “steps of heaven”.  Elated under the full moon light we wooped our way back to the cabin to pass out.

Saturday

The goal: Get in as much vert as possible.

When you wake up to blue skies, knee deep pow and a skintrack already laid, it’s important to be able to say” itinerary be damned” we’re going skiing.  We started as a posse and utilized our track from the night before and poked out onto the ramp under the southern corner of Youngs pk.  Cautious of thin early season bridging over broken crevassed terrain we practised our rope skills and glacier travel as we wove through the slots and holes.  After a fabulous “heli ski” style run we split the group into 3 different teams.  Mcnab, Mel and I headed to the ridge east of Asulkan pass to take a look into the Incomappleux drainage and the towering peaks of the Dawson range above it.  With building confidence in stability we slowly worked up to ski some of the fairly steep glaciated shots off of a sub pk on the west Youngs ridge, weaving through crevasses we were treated to gorgeous views and turns more buttery than the chicken the night before.

Sunday

The goal: organised avalanche rescue scenario and short race-track with transition practice

With it being the beginning of the season I think it’s really important to hone your beacon and companion rescue skills before you spend too much time getting after it.  I’ve always thought the classic way of beacon training with a person burying a beacon for their friend to dig up in 30cm of snow is bogus.  Way more valuable is a multiple person burial scenario with beacons buried in packs that need to be found, probed, dug up and given first aid.  The group flew at the scenario I set up and managed to dig up two beacons in under seven minutes while keeping themselves safe and organising transport for the injured parties.  These are the type of people I like to ski tour with!

While the scenario was going on Jeff took the time to set up a short track rando course with multiple transitions and focus sections to work on race skills.  We all slithered into our suits and tried to whip whatever globs of glycogen we had left into action around the course.  One of the new folks on the scene Brad got on a pair of race skis for the first time and we did a lap together to show him a few tips, it’s really exciting to see people jump into skimountaineering with both feet and I expect to see Brad doing well at the races.  It was great to work on some of the hard skills that we need to drill ourselves on throughout the season and will get to use next weekend at the Vert180

Huge thanks to all that came out to the camp as well as the Alpine Club for all its support!

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5 Responses

  1. Good weekend boyz and girlz :)) I missed you all a bit but not too much as I was busy skiing myself 🙂

    See you soon.

  2. Oooo…
    Looks like a nice couple of days! Sorry I missed you guys up there. You, know…the whole….traveling from the Yukon thing. Have fun at COP on the weekend.

  3. yah fellas, would’ve been nice to have ya there, it was an awesome weekend. Definatly thinking about opening it up next year to more than just the Skimo team. it’d be a great weekend to take out a large group that was just getting into fast and light ski racing

  4. Nice report Ian.
    The whole family started our our AST I course last night at UC.
    Planning to see you Sat at COP.

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