This is the first day of first skill weekend of ACC's Winter in Mountains Course. This is also my first trip with the Alpine Club. Instead of bagging peaks, we practiced lots of essential skills that are required in winter backcountry travel. In the morning, we drove from Athabasca Hostel to Beauty Creek, just south of Tangle Ridge, to practice beacon search. Now if someone gets caught in an avalanche, I know how to locate him..
Then we drove further south to Hilda Creek Parking Lot. We practiced building snowcave, which definitely will give you a good workout. I think my muscles are more good at perseverance, rather than doing things that required huge strength.
Then we skied towards Parker Ridge, only partway though. We never got higher than the treeline, but we did get excellent views. Then I did my first ever downhill skiing. I felt more like driving downhill on ice. Awkward movements, but anyways I made back to the vehicle. The second day would be way better, both the views and the skiing. I'm catching up fast.