- Feb. 12, 2008
- The Real Deal with CMG
One of the joys of being a Mountain Town Ambassador for Clif Bar is that the lines between work and play are pretty darned blurry.
One of the local groups I support with Clif Bars is the Whistler Coast Mountain Guidesa guide service that offers a variety of backcountry adventures ranging from day tours outside of the ski resort to multiple day ski trips in the backcountry. They also teach avalanche courses to help anyone travel and play safely in the mountains in winter.
I had the pleasure of joining them on a backcountry tour the other day.
It was still dark when we all met at The Nordic Shop at 8am, home of Whistler Cross Country & Hike, to get our touring skis and backcountry equipment for the day and, of course, for me to supply some Clif Bars for everyone in our group.
That day, the avalanche risk was deemed considerable and the conditions were snowy, windy and colddefinitely not a day where I would have gone in the backcountry on my own. But with Guillaume, our guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, I felt in good hands…even when he triggered a small avalanche while doing a slope test.
Before heading out on tour we reviewed Backcountry Safety 101, including what to do in the event of an avalanche and practiced using our avalanche transceivers. I have taken an avalanche course but have not been in the backcountry very often, so this was a good refresher for me. Thanks to our trusty guide, we didn’t have to make any mistakes on where to go.
Our playground for the day was ‘The Musical Bumps’ on Whistler Mountain. Because of the weather and snow conditions, we had to stay below tree lines. To our hearts content, the trees offered protection from the wind with fluffy snow up to our waist at some spots…Hee…Haa!
Another great day in the mountains!
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- Amy, Miss Web Gal