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Cedar Valley – Cabin Bowl Avalanche

Cedar Valley – Cabin Bowl Avalanche

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 20, 2014 • views: 2724

A very large avalanche storm released this week down the south side of Cabin Bowl from the Orca Rock starting zone. It carried on across Lizard Creek, up through the Old Growth Forest and onto the Cedar Valley road access to Island Lake Lodge. No people involvement reported. Cedar Valley Avalanche http://blogs.avalanche.ca/category/southrockies/

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FTASTC 2014 AGM

FTASTC 2014 AGM

Filed in Biking, Hiking, Ski Touring by on February 4, 2014 • views: 6532

The FTASTC 2014 AGM will be held Wednesday, February 19 at Freshies Coffee at 7 PM. Agenda Items will include Ski Hills boundary expansion Plans ( entire Lizard Range north to Island Lake Property) Hut Bookings and Online Waivers. (Seasonal Memberships) Sponsorship of Ski Mountaineering Event Addition to Tunnel Creek Hut Financial Report Summer Trail […]

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Avalanche involvement near Coal Mountain on January 5.

Filed in Ski Touring by on January 7, 2014 • views: 1307

by Tamara Hynd – The Free Press posted Jan 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM Sparwood Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated at 3:30 pm by the Elk Valley RCMP on Sunday, January 5 to rescue a backcountry skier who sustained minor injuries after being caught in an avalanche in the Corbin Road area approximately 25 […]

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Test results on a critical avalanche layer
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Test results on a critical avalanche layer

Filed in Ski Touring by on December 28, 2013 • views: 1444

On December 24th in the Harvey Pass area, a skier triggered the facet/crust layer from a sparsely treed slope at treeline. This slab propagated well above the skier releasing the slab from the ridgeline around 2288 m. This avalanche was reported as a size 2. Here is Gord ND Jen assessing the weak layer:

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Surface Hoar Layer in the Flathead Subregion
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Surface Hoar Layer in the Flathead Subregion

Filed in Ski Touring by on December 20, 2013 • views: 1291

On December 19th the Southern Rockies Avai team observed the late November surface hoar layer in our Flathead sub region. The firm snow above the weak layer has formed a slab that may be sensitive to sled and ski triggering. Watch Gord Ohm locate the failure of the layer during a snowpack test.

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The Bridges of Lazy Lizard

The Bridges of Lazy Lizard

Filed in Ski Touring by on October 28, 2013 • views: 1839

It’s been a busy year for trail building and upgrading. One of the most significant projects this year has been the new Lazy Lizard trail. This trial when completed will be a 100% single track route from Mt. Fernie Park to Island Lake Lodge and will all be a 10% grade or less. The trail […]

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Thunder Meadows Work Party a Success
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Thunder Meadows Work Party a Success

Filed in Ski Touring, Thunder Meadows by on September 19, 2013 • views: 1569

The Thunder Meadows Work Party was a success as all of the list items were completed and we had some fun celebrating the cabins 20th anniversary. The anniversary work party saw the rebuild of the cabin front deck, re-plywooding of the kitchen floor, painting of the entire interior (including benches and tables), a new kitchen […]

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Avalanche Bursary awarded to Justine Cowitz views: 97

The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club has awarded the 1st Avalanche Bursary of the season to Justine Cowitz. Every year $2000 is available to help further avalanche education in the Elk Valley. The program has been in existence for the past decade and bursary applicants need to apply in writing to fernietrails@fernie.com for consideration. […]

Winter Cabins Update views: 316

We have more firewood split and ready to transport than ever before. Why? So we don’t run out like we have the past two winters. Locating and transporting firewood in March is not fun. The skiing was good. Volunteers Welcome This Saturday we need help loading wood at 8:50am on Anderson Road. Look for the […]

Preparing cabins for the winter views: 256

Hello Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club members and friends. Now is the time when we start to think about preparing our cabins for the winter. Up first will be cutting and splitting firewood in preparation for being flown to each Hut. The first date is Wed Sept 18th at 5:30. This takes place at […]

Montane Hut Fire Ban views: 295

The Montane Hut has a fire ban in effect. Despite several permit requests with the City of Fernie, a permit has not been granted to accommodate fires. Both indoor and outdoor fires at the Montane Hut are not allowed at this time however this will change for the winter months. Our intentions to operate a […]