G3’S GUIDE TO SKI TOURING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

This is the year to go remote! Social distancing lies at the heart of ski touring and with ongoing uncertainties surrounding resort openings and operations, it’s fair to say that we are likely to see an increased amount of traffic in the backcountry this winter.

©Matteo Pavana – Patagonia

While ski touring in a pandemic is more than possible, it will demand a little more thought and preparation.

G3 have put together a great guide on what we should be thinking about when exploring the backcountry this winter.

Carolyn Kelly-Smith (Emergency Physician) and Brian Jones (ACMG/IMFGA Mountain Guide) join G3 President, Oliver Steffen, to talk about how Covid-19 has changed their approach to backcountry skiing.

First up – DAY TOURING – THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Choose to ski with people who are free of coronavirus symptoms
  • Select more conservative objectives so you don’t overwhelm the search and rescue and healthcare systems
  • Bring an extra “Covid-19 first aid” kit with you in your pack consisting of an extra mask, hand sanitiser, and gloves in case you need to administer first aid
  • Consider driving yourself rather than carpooling; if carpooling is necessary, always wear a mask and use hand sanitiser
  • Keep your distance from other groups in the backcountry, and wear masks when you are close to others (even those in your own group)
  • It’s important to note that neck gaiters are not adequate protection as a Covid-19 mask with only 1 layer of fabric that can let droplets through (they are designed to be breathable) – multi-layer cloth or medical masks are the standard to protect against the spread of COVID

MULTI-DAY TOURING – THINGS TO CONSIDER

 

  • You will be exposed to your group members while on the trip, so make sure everyone monitors their health in the lead up to the trip
  • If a group member is sick leading up to the trip, it’s important that they are willing to drop out and stay home
  • Trip insurance may be a great option this year
  • Certain individuals and/or groups may also want to get tested for Covid-19 before the trip
  • Make good decisions while traveling and wear masks when necessary
  • Keep in touch after your trip in case anyone gets sick so you can do adequate contact tracing
  • It may be a good idea to quarantine upon returning home from your trip

MORE ON COVID-19:

COVID-19 – THE FALL-LINE SURVEY RESULTS

COVID-19 – THE SKI INDUSTRY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.