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Avalanche Debrief Video – March 22, 2012, Purcell Range – Oldman Creek

Filed in Ski Touring by on March 23, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1201

Avalanche Debrief Video – March 22, 2012, Purcell Range – Oldman Creek

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Southern Rockies Avalanche observations March 14

Filed in Ski Touring by on March 16, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1202

Gord and I were on Michel Ridge today which is in the north end of the Flathead sub-region just SE of Sparwood. This location is a couple Km E of the Ma last Friday that resulted in the death of a snowmobiler. There was about 20 cm of HN24 which brings the HST to 60 […]

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High Avi Hazard – Snowshoe Safe Terrain

High Avi Hazard – Snowshoe Safe Terrain

Filed in Ski Touring by on March 15, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1146

When the avalanche hazard goes to high its best to stay on the ski hill or go snowshoeing in safe terrain if you still need your backcountry fix. I have to repeat, use safe terrain, lots of incidents around Fernie in the past week and the High Hazard continues. The February surface hoar layers are […]

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Avalanche Observations Report March 7, 2012

Avalanche Observations Report March 7, 2012

Filed in Ski Touring by on March 8, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1770

Tues March 6 we were at Harvey Pass- 60cm of recent storm snow on the bed sfc from the remote we had on Feb 29 which ran on the Feb 9 surface hoar. We did some compression tests in a different slope and got moderate results on the same layer, now buried 125 cm at […]

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Clarify the SPAW issued by CAC
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Clarify the SPAW issued by CAC

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 29, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1636

Hi Everyone, Just a short note to clarify the Special Public Avalanche Warning (SPAW) which was issued by the Can Avalanche Centre for last weekend. Ian Stokie and I had a discussion about it as he was wondering why the Danger was dropped to Considerable when there was a special warning issued. Ian figured that […]

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Southern Rockies Avalanche Observations

Southern Rockies Avalanche Observations

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 24, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1297

Gord and I were in the Barnes Lake area today which is near Corbin. Its was a beautiful day with mainly light winds from the west, with some moderate winds and snow transport at ridge top later in the afternoon. We saw numerous natural  avalanches today to size 2.5 (i.e. large enough to bury injure […]

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Three Sisters – Fairy Creek Meadows
Fairy Creek Meadows

Three Sisters – Fairy Creek Meadows

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 20, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1533

Ten of us took a Helicopter ride into the Three Sisters for a day of ski touring. Landed at 2208 meters in Fairy Creek Meadows and did our snow evaluations before our first descent. Snowpack is 3.0 meters at 2200 meters elevation and has two surface hoar layers in the top 30 cm. We immediately […]

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Preparing cabins for the winter views: 190

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: 237

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 […]

Snow Cat Grooming Montane views: 1083

Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club has been grooming Montane Nordic and Multi-use Trails for the past three months, 100 days of grooming to date. Joining our grooming team of Black Panther and Blue Bearcat is our Red Kassbohrer Snow Cat. This should keep things on the smooth and level. Our winter grooming budget is […]

Final Avalanche Bursary Awarded views: 974

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club have finalized the Avalanche Bursary program with awards to Megan Bell and Matthew Szczepanski, pictured below with Ian Stokie, FT&STC President. Stokie commented, “Were happy that our bursary program is going towards people who are interested in avalanche safety and working locally”. Every year $2000 is available to […]