Monthly Archives: February 2014

Avalanche Operations Level 1: Check

It’s been a truly intense week.  Whistler has been hit with a few great storms.  We have some excellent skiing up there at the moment.  Most of my friends have been out there ‘getting deep’, enjoying the powder.  I have been digging holes!

I walked out my door to this sight on my way to the course

I walked out my door to this sight on my way to the course

I have spent the past seven days on an Operations Level 1 Avalanche course run by the Canadian Avalanche Association.  It was a full on week.  Starting at 8 am every day and usually running until 6 or 7 pm each night.  Most days we went up the hill, did a little ski touring,

Skinning up through the trees near disease ridge

Skinning up through the trees near disease ridge

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and spent several hours digging holes,

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investigating the layers of Whistler and Blackcomb’s snowpack and taking weather observations.

Observing the weather!

Observing the weather!

It was a terrific week to do this course as we saw a lot of changes in weather and snow conditions.  Although it was hard to be digging holes and not skiing, it was the perfect opportunity to learn a lot of new information from some excellent instructors who have been in the industry for a very long time.

Our only line before digging another hole.  It was a good one though!

Our only line before digging another hole. It was a good one though!

Climbing back up beside our lines

Climbing back up beside our lines

A beautiful day to dig another hole!

A beautiful day to dig another hole!

That's a climbing track, not a skiing line!

That’s a climbing track, not a skiing line!

Sadly not my ski tracks!

Sadly not my ski tracks!

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View of Flute from Disease Ridge

View of Flute from Disease Ridge

I look forward to continuing to improve this skills I have gained this week, but first I will go skiing!

All photos taken on my Iphone and uploaded to Instagram.  Feel free to follow me there @jta85

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