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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing: how to stay alive and have fun!

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A brown bag I gave about backcountry skiing in California.

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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing: how to stay alive and have fun!

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
  2. 2. FIRST RULE OF BACKCOUNTRY SKIING: “YOU’VE GOT TO LOOK GOOD” - L O G A N , T H E A VA L A N C H E S A F E T Y I N S T R U C T O R
  3. 3. BACKCOUNTRY SKIING • Not cross-country skiing • Not extreme skiing
  4. 4. FIRST YOU GO UP FOR OVER 4 HOURS …
  5. 5. … TO SKI DOWN FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR
  6. 6. NOT JUST BETTER POWDER • Heli-skiing • Snow cat skiing • Side country (lift served backcounty)
  7. 7. EARN YOUR TURNS • Gadgets • Adventure • Teamwork • Solitude + Scenery
  8. 8. GADGETS FREE HEEL + SKINS
  9. 9. SKINS
  10. 10. FREE HEEL TELEMARK
  11. 11. FREE HEEL RANDONNE A . K . A “ A L P I N E T O U R I N G ” O R A . T.
  12. 12. FREE HEEL SPLITBOARD
  13. 13. ADVENTURE
  14. 14. D AY T R I P S • Lake Tahoe • Yosemite • Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Parks
  15. 15. SKI HUTS
  16. 16. • GETTING OFF THE GRID • APPRECIATING EVERY DAY CONVENIENCES
  17. 17. SNOW CAMPING
  18. 18. • MOUNTAIN CLIMBING • SNOW CAVES
  19. 19. TEAMWORK AVA L A N C H E S
  20. 20. SLAB AVA L A N C H E S • 24 deaths last season • 3 fatalities inbounds • Avalanches happen at ski resorts
  21. 21. MORE GADGETS • Avalanche Transceiver (Beacon) • Avalanche Probe • Snow Shovel
  22. 22. AVA L A N C H E B E A C O N • Receiver: Search for a buried friend • Transmitter: Sends a signal for a friend to be able to find you
  23. 23. AVA L A N C H E P R O B E + S H O V E L • Pinpoint the victim under snow • Dig out
  24. 24. AVA L A N C H E RESCUE
  25. 25. LOW CHANCES TO SURVIVE • One typically survives 20 minutes buried under the snow • It takes on average 30 minutes to find a victim with one searcher • Injuries • One should NEVER go backcountry skiing alone, help will never arrive on time
  26. 26. EVEN MORE GADGETS • Avalanche Airbag • Avalung
  27. 27. W W W. S I E R R A A V A L A N C H E C E N T E R . O R G PREVENTION
  28. 28. SOLITUDE + SCENERY
  29. 29. RESOURCES • www.sierraavalanchecenter.com - Tahoe Avalanche Forecast • www.avtraining.org - AIARE • www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges - Ski Huts • www.alpineskills.com - Avalanche Safety / Backcountry Skiing Classes • http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Backcountry-Snowboard- Summits-California/dp/0898866561 - where to go in california.
  30. 30. CREDITS • Yuri Yuryev & Eli Levine - photography • Jane - staying home with the kids, while I ski

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