- 0730 - If you are staying at the Red Shutter Inn, the managers will ring a bell to call you all down for cooked breakfast. If you aren't staying at the Shutter, you'll have to arrange your own breakfast.
- 0750 - You may not see a toilet for a while... consider this before leaving your lodging
- 0800 - Be at our office at 0800 - a couple of minutes earlier if you are renting skis. The office is at the base of Red Mountain ski resort in Rossland BC. The address is 2-4430 Red Mountain Rd - it is in the Red Robs condo block, just before the Red Shutter Inn. If you get to the roundabout, you've gone too far. You will be required to sign a liability waiver and assumption of risks form which waives your rights to sue us, our staff and suppliers, and the Crown, for pretty much any reason. ne too far. There is limited parking available here. Please don't park in front of the restaurant, they don't like it. The main resort lot isn't far away if our lots are full. If you are planning on driving your own vehicle up behind our bus, rather than riding the bus, it's ok to park at the restaurant, just don't leave it there all day.
- 0830 - The buses and your vehicles depart by this time to head for the cat staging area.
- 0900 - Avalanche beacons are handed out, and some basic instruction and practice on how to use them is carried out at the cat staging area.
- 0930 - Board the snowcats
- 1000 - First of many descents. You will keep going all day, eating your lunch between runs in the snowcat. There could be anything between 6 and 16 runs per day, depending on the group ability, size, snow speed, run selection, and time of season. Usually an advanced group gets 10 runs or so, but that's a rule of thumb. You'll just keep going, and the cat will usually be waiting for you at the bottom of each run.
- 1500 - Last run is called in.
- 1600 - Get off of the snowcats, return your transceivers.
- 1645-1700 - Return to Red, find a hot tub and a nice cool beverage and relax
Lunch is provided. Please advise in advance if you are vegetarian, or have food allergies or aversions such as nuts, gluten, or meats with cheese. Please also advise the guides if you have any medical issues which could become important in a rescue situation.
You are welcome to bring additional snacks as well. While drinking alcohol while skiing is not permitted, you are welcome to bring cold cans of brew for the cat descent after your last run. There is space in the cat for a backpack with things such as extra mitts, goggles, hand warmers, layers.
You will be provided with an avalanche beacon and shown how to use it. If you have your own, and feel that you will be more competent with your own as you have practised with it, you can bring your own instead.
Each group will have a couple of backpacks with probes and shovels, and group members will take turns carrying them and riding at the back. You are also welcome and encouraged to bring your own if you have them; the more shovels the merrier.