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  1. #76
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    I had a bic lighter in a BC repair kit flying into niseko and that guy behind the screen found it made me put it in my pocket

    At Burnie the expediter will pick you up at the airport the night before (5 minutes from town) expedite you to the hell of a copter base in the am and drop you back at the airport at the end, I' ve taken people skiing at the hill a whole group of telemark tipsters back in the day, they presented me with a "telemark skiing is stupid " sticker

    The guide at dezaiko was telling us about flying into Katmandu, there are 4 guys looking at the screen, so Craig goes to take a piss and he can see the screen, there is nothing on the screen cuz its broken
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  2. #77
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    will my teams saftey needs be dankly attended to?
    cause thats a brofessional courtesy
    that matters in my choices
    im gonna come fish or ski yur hood someday though
    its quite destination worthy
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
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  3. #78
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    A lot of international flights arriving at YVR on a daily basis-hmmmm- they must be empty?

    https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/fli...riving-flights
    A mtb buddy is a pilot for a major Canadian airline - he told me what the numbers were but I was trying to keep up with him on a long climb - so I might have missed the math- but I think it was something like 2-5% compared to this time last year.

    He has had a lot of time to work on his fitness lately - fkr.

  4. #79
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    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
    will my teams saftey needs be dankly attended to?
    cause thats a brofessional courtesy
    that matters in my choices
    im gonna come fish or ski yur hood someday though
    its quite destination worthy
    can probably do that but not this year
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  5. #80
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    A lot of international flights arriving at YVR on a daily basis-hmmmm- they must be empty?

    https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/fli...riving-flights
    The cargo holds are probably full. Reportedly air cargo is still doing good business - not just for the dedicated cargo operators. The FAA has even approved loading cargo on seats https://www.freightwaves.com/news/br...assenger-seats

  6. #81
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    I herd winter was canceled because of the Wuflu.
    watch out for snakes

  7. #82
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    The ACC have cancelled our booking for the Asulkan Hut in November.

    "Today, I am writing to inform you that the ACC has made the difficult decision to cancel all future hut bookings, including yours. I understand that all of our guests will have been looking forward to returning to the backcountry after a difficult spring and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

    Any monies that you have paid to date will be automatically refunded and you do not need to contact our office. If you are one of the few who were given a credit during our first round of cancellations, we will be in touch individually.

    In the coming days we will begin with a limited re-opening of many of our huts and we will make an announcement regarding new guidelines for hut stays and new booking procedures for all of our facilities. These new policies will take into account the guidelines of the different jurisdictions in which we operate and will be put in place to provide the safest experience for you, our hut guests.

    In general, you can expect to see reduced density in our huts and new sanitizing protocols in between our guests’ visits."

    I don't see how it is practical to sanitize huts. I suspect that just leaving them empty for one night between bookings would reduce the risk of infection close to zero (even though small numbers of viruses can be detected on damp surfaces for longer).
    Last edited by nickinbc; 06-02-2020 at 07:58 AM.

  8. #83
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    I don't think you can rent out a facitlity that is dangerous and would be covid or the hut getting hit by an avalanche
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  9. #84
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    Blanket Chalet is saying they have been working out a way to be open for the winter according to their IG.

  10. #85
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    They're (BLBCA) just putting a new clause in the waiver about infectious disease that absolves operators of any responsibility for you catching the 'rona on your hut trip and then they're gonna send it.
    I remember a bottomless freedom...

  11. #86
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickinbc View Post
    The ACC have cancelled our booking for the Asulkan Hut in November.

    "Today, I am writing to inform you that the ACC has made the difficult decision to cancel all future hut bookings, including yours. I understand that all of our guests will have been looking forward to returning to the backcountry after a difficult spring and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

    Any monies that you have paid to date will be automatically refunded and you do not need to contact our office. If you are one of the few who were given a credit during our first round of cancellations, we will be in touch individually.

    In the coming days we will begin with a limited re-opening of many of our huts and we will make an announcement regarding new guidelines for hut stays and new booking procedures for all of our facilities. These new policies will take into account the guidelines of the different jurisdictions in which we operate and will be put in place to provide the safest experience for you, our hut guests.

    In general, you can expect to see reduced density in our huts and new sanitizing protocols in between our guests’ visits."

    I don't see how it is practical to sanitize huts. I suspect that just leaving them empty for one night between bookings would reduce the risk of infection close to zero (even though small numbers of viruses can be detected on damp surfaces for longer).
    Leaving them empty for one night means separate flights for incoming and out going parties, doubling the heli cost for each group (and the carbon impact). Seems like there ought to be a better way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchosdad View Post
    Leaving them empty for one night means separate flights for incoming and out going parties, doubling the heli cost for each group (and the carbon impact). Seems like there ought to be a better way.
    Those both seem like minuscule impediments. People travel from all over the world to go skiing at these places, who gives a flying fuck about a few dozen more gallons burned in the heli to get the lodge. It's rounding error in terms of the overall carbon footprint per guest if you want to really analyze one of these trips.
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  13. #88
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchosdad View Post
    Leaving them empty for one night means separate flights for incoming and out going parties, doubling the heli cost for each group (and the carbon impact). Seems like there ought to be a better way.
    Yes that is an issue for Fairy Meadows and Kokanee Glacier. Most ACC huts are NOT usually accessed by helicopter (and for the ones in National Parks helicopter access is not permitted)

    I was mainly thinking about the Asulkan and Wheeler huts at Rogers Pass. Would also be difficult to leave gaps between groups in the Wapta Huts too - especially as they are usually occupied by multiple groups some doing the traverse and some based at huts for more than one day.

    I guess they are going to have to stock the huts with an awful lot of bleach and just tell people to spray it about liberally before they leave. And probably not allow part-hut bookings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glademaster View Post
    Those both seem like minuscule impediments. People travel from all over the world to go skiing at these places, who gives a flying fuck about a few dozen more gallons burned in the heli to get the lodge. It's rounding error in terms of the overall carbon footprint per guest if you want to really analyze one of these trips.
    It would be between 600 -1000 CAD extra per trip in cost ie approx 30% extra per trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    It would be between 600 -1000 CAD extra per trip in cost ie approx 30% extra per trip
    yes a big cost not being able to fly back to back, doubles the heli cost even before spacing people out on flights if that happens.

    Just looked at the group invoice for the GAH trip next year and its 43% heli costs. Have no idea if custodian is included ?
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    dougW, you motherfucking dirty son of a bitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickinbc View Post

    I guess they are going to have to stock the huts with an awful lot of bleach and just tell people to spray it about liberally before they leave. And probably not allow part-hut bookings.
    The logistical and financial situation for every backcountry hut system is different, (although I don't know of any here in the US that are doing it to get rich, I'm not even sure that's possible), and I don't have any experience with heli-accessed huts, but for backcountry foot/snowmobile accessed huts the above is probably what most will go to. The reality of employing and deploying enough staff over a potentially huge backcountry area to sanitize every hut between every group, and that's assuming they have gone to a single-party booking system, is just too much for many systems. I can't speak for Canadian huts but most in the US are non-profits or mom & pop operations running on shoestring budgets; the lost revenue from this winter and this summer and the cost of additional restrictions, all of which result in more lost revenue, could be the end of some smaller operations, especially if this next winter is more of the same.
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