Beginner’s Snow Shoeing

Snowshoeing 2020-2021
A meeting for the Beginners’ Snowshoeing Group will be held on Monday, December 7th, 2020 from 10am-12pm, on the covered back porch at Cecil Green Park House.  Please bring your snowshoes and hiking boots, as we will review strapping them onto your boots, and check that they are both in good condition, to prevent any issues on the mountain.  Also, we will discuss any concerns that you may have.

With COVID-19 protocols in place, the snowshoe group is planning on snowshoeing for 2 hours on the North Shore mountains, on winter Mondays, when there is sufficient snow.  (We typically avoid Statutory Holidays, as they are busier, with more people and less parking.)

However, there will be some changes required due to COVID-19.  We will not be carpooling, unless some members of the group are in the same safe “bubble”.  Cars driving up and down the mountains must have winter snow tires.

On the trails, we will be going out in physically distanced groups of six.    As there are 3 leaders, this should not be a problem.  We are able to accommodate up to 18 people, including the leaders, per outing.  All the snowshoers must first fill out and sign a Waiver form prior to any outing.

It is a great group, great exercise and great views!

To join this group, please contact the conveners – Lesley Hutton or Moya Stokes.

EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET
This should be placed in the outermost pocket of your backpack. It should contain your name, your care card number, your doctor’s name and phone number, the name and phone number of an emergency contact person, and a list of your daily medications and any allergies that you may have.

EMERGENCY GEAR
It is suggested that you have a whistle on your jacket, a small flashlight or head lamp, a silver thermal blanket and bandages (in case of blisters) in your backpack.

WEATHER FORECAST

Cypress
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Cypress-Mountain/6day/mid
Seymour
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Mount-Seymour/6day/mid

TICKET & RENTAL RATES

Seymour:
Trail ticket only:             $15 Adult | $11 for 60+ Senior
Trail ticket & Rental:   $35 Adult | $26 for 60+ Senior

Cypress/Hollyburn:
Trail ticket only:            $16 Adult | $10 for 65+ Senior
Trail ticket & Rental:  $36 Adult | $26 for 65+ Senior

EQUIPMENT

Snowshoes – if you wish to buy snowshoes, MEC has a good selection of the MSR brand. Make sure when you buy them – that you get snowshoes that have teeth across the front (toe area) and ALSO teeth down the sides for added stability. These side teeth are important for going downhill, to prevent from sliding.  Also, you need easily adjustable straps and more than one strap, across the top, for holding in your boot. Also, a flip up  bar across the  back of the foot bed, to raise the heel, is good for when you walk up hills. So, the 3 things to look for are – lots of teeth, multiple straps and a heel bar.  (MEC also has snowshoe rentals as well.)

Crampons – if the trail is well packed, you can actually use crampons instead, which are easier to use. Crampons are not allowed on the paid trails at Cypress, but are allowed everywhere else. They need to be purchased – but only if you want them.  We recommend the Hillsound brand at Alpine Start Outfitters at 68 West Broadway Ave, Vancouver, 604-876-2555.

There are 3 types of crampons – you want the TRAIL ones. The ones with smaller teeth are only good for icy sidewalks, and the ones with really big teeth are only meant for serious mountain climbing.  Make sure you try the crampons on, with the boots that you intend to wear with them, as the crampons come in different sizes. A waterproof hiking boot is best.

Poles – you need poles that have a basket – like a ski pole or a hiking pole with attachable baskets. They offer stability.

Backpack – use a small one, that’s big enough to hold your lunch, something insulated to sit upon, extra clothing layers to put on when you stop to eat, bandaids for possible blisters, a whistle, a flashlight (in case you need help), sunglasses and any other items that you wish (eg. Kleenex).

CLOTHING

Basically, you need to wear layers, as you start off cold, but warm up fairly quickly. A waterproof pant is good, plus a breathable, waterproof jacket. The jacket ideally has a hood, for when snow slides off the branches. Snow going down your neck is not pleasant! Of course, mittens and a toque. I suggest NO cotton, as it gets wet and makes you cold. Rather, choose wool and quick wicking fabrics. Boots – choose a good, waterproof hiking boot.

LUNCH

You will need a lunch and snacks, and a thermos of warm liquid.

OTHER NOTES

– Numbers – 18 will be the maximum on a trip, so the first 18 who sign up will get to go. This number may change, as we will see how it works.

– Duration – we usually go for 2 hours at a steady pace, but certainly wait for all.

– Photos – check out the pictures of our recent outings on the Memories page this past year.