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BIG RED CATS

PRE-TRIP

INFORMATION 2021

 

I CONFIRM that I will show proof of COVID vaccination on arrival, as required by BC public health regulations (August 2021)

I Agree

I CONFIRM that I do NOT have any of the following:

  1. Fever or chill
  2. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  3. Cough
  4. Sore throat, trouble swallowing
  5. Runny nose/stuffy nose or nasal congestion
  6. Decrease or loss of smell or taste
  7. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  8. Extreme tiredness, sore muscles, generally not feeling well
  9. Positive COVID test within the last 14 days

I Agree

If you can't agree to these statements, and do have symptoms - please call us on 1250 362 2271, or better yet please email us at ski@bigredcatskiing.com.     If you have symptoms we do NOT want you to come catskiing.   You should get tested ASAP.    In the next section of this form there is an area for you to write in any relevant information about this to us.   

 

COVID19 RULES FOR INSIDE THE SNOWCAT.  I AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. I will keep my face-mask on at all times inside the snowcat (unless I am in my own close bubble)
    I Agree
  2. I will sit in the same seat all day if possible (unless you have a private cat, or private cat section)
    I Agree
     
  3. I will not eat inside the snowcat
    I Agree
  4. i will keep my gloves, and googles on inside the snowcat
    I Agree
  5. I will maintain a 2 meter distance when outside the snowcat 
    I Agree
  6. The guides will unload the snowcat - I will stand back and give them room whilst they are doing this.   
    I Agree
  7. The guides will load the snowcat - place your skis behind the snowcat, and your poles on top of the ski strap, then move away, or get into the snowcat
    I Agree

BRC 10 commandments:  I confirm that:

  1. I will always stop above the guide
    I Agree
  2. I will ski one at a time in avalanche terrain (guide recommended spacing) 
    I Agree
  3. I will not stop in an avalanche path (instead I will move off to the side into thick trees if I need a rest) 
    I Agree
  4. I will spot the person skiing in avalanche terrain - (If I am in a place to view the slope) 
    I Agree
  5. I will follow the guide’s instructions and if I am unsure I will ask for clarification. 
    I Agree
  6. I will pre-plan an escape route in avalanche terrain 
    I Agree
  7. I will always ski with a buddy in trees and glades. I will let my guides know right away if I lose my buddy) 
    I Agree
  8. I will not ski a convex slope/roll if anyone is directly below it
    I Agree
  9. I will always keep the lead guide’s tracks in sight 
    I Agree
  10. If I am getting lost, I will stop stop, listen, make noise, and call on the radio 
    I Agree

If I hear the guide on the radio - say "STOP, STOP, STOP" I will immediately stop and go now further.

I Agree

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First Guests Name

First Name*

Last Name*
First Guests Date of Birth*
I certify that I am 19 years of age or older
First Guests Information

ONLINE HAZARD BRIEFING:

This is a new initiative for this season:

  1. If everyone in the group has done this you will get skiing about 30 minutes earlier
  2. a series of ten 2-3 minute safety videos, with 1-2 questions after each video
  3. delivered by a google forms quiz
  4. gives essential information about how to have more fun, but also helps you to reduce risk.

     The link to the online hazard briefing is as follows.  

 https://forms.gle/ugp21uTPdGHkuXkZ6

Online hazard briefing:*
I HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THIS
I will do this before my trip. Please email me the link again
I plan to make the rest of my group suffer in the cold and miss out on at least 1 run - whilst this briefing is done out in the cold in person.
I have already been out with BRC this 2021 season - and have previously done this online briefing.

CONTACT & DETAILS ABOUT YOUR GROUP


Phone number when in the Big Red Cats area: *

What is the date of your first day cat skiing in 2021? *

Group leader - person that booked organised the cat skiing - if that is you - just put your name here. *

How many days of cat skiing are you doing in total? If they are not consecutive, what days are you out?

COVID19 screening:



The main COVID19 screening was done above on this form. However please give us any additional information that might be relevant to this COVID19 screening



FACE MASKS (REQUIRED):

The face mask(s) that you bring should have the following attributes:

  1. Be made of at least 2 layers of tightly-woven material (such as cotton or linen)
  2. Adjustable nose rest to fit around the nose to stop gaps
  3. Allow for easy breathing
  4. Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  5. Maintain their shape
  6. Be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  7. Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment. 
  8. Be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
  9. one-layer buffs are not a sufficient mask



POWDER SKIS 

Powder skis make a huge difference for the quality of your day.    Please bring skis at the very least 95mm underfoot, but preferably between 106-114mm underfoot

My plan for powder skis is as follows:*
I have already rented these from BRC - I understand that the guides will bring these skis to me up to the staging area.
I HAVE MY OWN POWDER SKIS - I WILL BRING THEM WITH ME.
I would like to rent skis from Big Red Cats - please email me the form the cost is C$39 per day.
I am a snowboarder - I have my own board - I will set this back
I am a snowboarder - But would like to rent a powder board from BRC - Please email me the form! (cost is C$39 per day)
SKI BOOTS*
I have my own ski boots (or snowboard boots) - I am bringing these
I plan on renting ski boots from Red Mountain (or somewhere else) - I will get this done at the latest a day before my cat skiing day

ALCHOHOL AND DRUGS: 

At BRC we have a 100% strict no drugs or alcohol rule. If you drink alcohol, smoke weed, or take any other recreational drugs, we will not allow you to ski for the rest of the day. Even though alcohol and weed are both legal in BC they impair judgement thereby increasing the risks to you, other guests and our team.      

The only exception to this rule, is if people bring a beer to enjoy after the last run of the day.

I understand that I will not be able to ski for the rest of the day if I drink alcohol, smoke weed, and or take any other recreational drugs*
I agree

AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER INTERFERENCE  - CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND MAGNETS ETC.

  1. All electronic devices should be kept at least 20cm away from your transceiver when you are in send mode, and 50cm away when you are in search mode.
  2. Chest-mounted GoPros are prohibited. Helmet-mounted and selfie sticks are OK.
  3. Using WIFI or BLUETOOTH  to pair a cameras (including GoPros)  with a phone is prohibited during the cat skiing day.  
  4. Drones are OK, but please confirm with your guide before flying as we don't want to slow the group down in some cases.  

Please SELECT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTRONIC DEVICES THAT YOU MAY HAVE *
CELL PHONES - best to be off - but if you need to take photos please be in Airplane Mode
GoPro - Turn OFF if you need to search, as your transceiver may be confused by the weak signal coming from the GoPro
HEATED GLOVES & or BOOTS - turn off or pull the plug, if you need to search as you may not get an accurate reading with them on.
METAL OBJECTS - please don't bring these
MAGNETS - a few jackets have magnetic buttons - these have been reported to accidently turn a transceiver off - DO NOT BRING THESE
CAMERAS - please turn off while skiing
WIFI or BLUETOOTH - many devices have WIFI connectivity with smart phones. Please make sure that WIFI and Bluetooth are disabled.
I have no electronic devices, magnets, or metal

TRANSPORT TO THE STAGING AREA:

The snowcat staging area:

  1. You need to be at the BRC staging area at 8.30am
  2. Allow at the least 25 minutes to drive from the base of Red to the BRC staging area  - allow 35 minutes if lots of fresh new snow.
  3. the staging area is 24km north of the base of the Red Mountain ski hill driving north on highway 3B  
  4. Look for the Red Big Red Cats sign on the driver's right side of highway 3B
  5. If you have reached the intersection of highway 3 - you have gone 450 m too far, turn around and drive back 450m
  6. You need to allow at least 30 minutes if driving from Rossland BC.
  7. If you are driving from Nelson it is best to drive via highway 3- refer to our driving instructions PDF

My plan for getting to the staging area is:*
I will self drive, or get a ride with another person going cat skiing - I will see the team at 8.30am at the staging Area.
I need a lift with the guides in the Bus - THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL C$80 PER PERSON - CHARGE TO RIDE THE BUS. I will be out the Front of the Red shutter Inn at 7.55am on my cat skiing days. This year with COVID19 we are STRONGLY encouraging people to self drive. With COVID19 there is additional cleaning that the guides need to do each day - so you will be ALSO delayed at the end of the day by 10-15 minutes while the guides clean. PLEASE TRY TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE YOU OWN WAY TO THE STAGING AREA.

FOOD AND ALLERGIES


Please ADVISE US OF ANY CHANGES to your food preferences, and/or allergies that you may have since you did our waiver. Are you bringing any relevant medications or an EPIpen?

CHANGES TO YOUR HEALTH since you completed the waiver. Please let us know of any RELEVANT medical issues that you would like the guides to be aware of.

EQUIPMENT TO BRING:   

FACE-MASKS AND A PERSONAL WATER BOTTLE ARE ESSENTAIL!

Please bring all of the following:
2 or more FACE-MASKS
a spare pair of GOGGLES - at least 2 in total
a personal water bottle if you prefer this to our paper cups for this year.
A spare pair of gloves
a pair of sunglasses if you like
a couple of goggle bags or microfibre cleaning cloths to clean googles if they get fogged.
An extra jacket or layer - we will be keeping all the cat windows open most day to allow more airflow with COVID19
A couple of zip-loc bags to carry face-masks between runs, and once they get to damp to use anymore.

AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR:

  1. We provide backpacks, shovels, probes, radios, whistles.
  2. Your guides will bring all this gear to the BRC staging area. 
  3. We do not provide avalanche airbags.   But we do rent a few of these for C$39 per day - they are limited and must be booked in advance
  4. You are welcome to bring your own backpack, probe, and shovel as long your gear is not flimsy (ie plastic shovels, short probes etc.)  Please show this gear to your guide to review.
  5. We STRONGLY advise that you use our BRC transceivers.   You are welcome to bring your own, but please use our transceiver as the main device for send mode.
  6. We always want the transceiver worn on you abdomen/torso - this makes it quicker for us to find you, as we are then probing for the largest part of your body.
  7. We don't want the transceiver worn in a pocket - as it is more likely to get damaged with impacts with trees or rocks, if you are involved in an avalanche.

My plan for avalanche safety gear is as follows: - Please check any & all that apply: *
I will use all the really good BRC gear provided.
I will bring my own pack, shovel and probe, but wlll use a BRC transceiver.
I would like to rent an Airbag pack - cost is C$39 - (research in canada shows about a 9% improvement in survivability) - please email me the rental form.
I will bring my own airbag pack
I would really like to use my own transceiver if there is a search and can confirm that it is less than 5 years old, I have practiced with it, it is not a Pieps transceiver. I will keep this in a pocket or in the backpack and use BRC transceiver for sending.

YOUR AVALANCHE & FIRST AID EXPERIENCE

Please tell us something about your avalanche experience. Check boxes that are relevant.
I have never been cat skiing before & have no formal avalanche training.
I have done lots of back-country ski touring, and have practiced a lot with avi tools
I have been catskiing many times
I have completed an AST course
I am or have been an avalanche professional ie ski patroller, ski guide, hwy's control
Please tell us something about your first aid & medical experience (select options below)
I have no experience or training
I have an expired first aid certification
I have a current 40 hour first aid certification
I have a current 80 hour first aid certification and some experience.
I have first aid experience as a ski patroller or para-medic
I am a doctor or Nurse & and have some experience in emergency medicine
I am a doctor - but in a field that I have almost no experience with first aid, or emergency medicine

BREAKFAST & DINNERS AT THE FRESH CLUBHOUSE

With COVID19 you can still have a great breakfast at the fresh clubhouse you have to either order take-out online, or book in in advance for a 7am seating or a 7.25am seating.   

Dinners for the winter are only for groups that book in advance.   There is a smaller menu than last year.   


Breakfast and Dinner at the Fresh clubhouse.
Please send me the email me the link to the online order form - for breakfast for take-out.
My group is interested in coming into Fresh for either apre, or dinner - please send me a menu or dinner.

MERCHANIDISE, STICKERS, AND GIFTS

We have a great selection of T-shirts, Hats (touques, ball caps), cups, ski straps, Stickers, and other cool stuff.  

Available for purchase from FRESH , next door to th BRC office from 9am-9pm daily if you don't catch us at the office.

OR

Tell us what you would like, and we will charge your card in advance, and we will ask the guides to bring this merch up to you at the staging area.
BRC T-shirt - large -C$30
BRC T-shirt - medium
BRC T-shirt -small $30
BRC T-shirt Extra large -$30
Ball Cap Grey - round BRC logo - $30
Ski strap - $10
stickers - Free

Please let us know of any other information or feedback that you would like to give us.
First Guests Signature*
Parent or Guardian's Email Address

Email*

Confirm Email*
Check to receive information, news, and discounts by e-mail.
Parent(s) or court-appointed legal guardian(s) must sign for any participating minor (those under 19 years of age) and agree that they and the minor are subject to all the terms of this document, as set forth above.
Parent or Guardian's Name

First Name*

Last Name*

Relationship*
Parent or Guardian's Date of Birth*
I certify that I am 19 years of age or older
Parent or Guardian's Information

ONLINE HAZARD BRIEFING:

This is a new initiative for this season:

  1. If everyone in the group has done this you will get skiing about 30 minutes earlier
  2. a series of ten 2-3 minute safety videos, with 1-2 questions after each video
  3. delivered by a google forms quiz
  4. gives essential information about how to have more fun, but also helps you to reduce risk.

     The link to the online hazard briefing is as follows.  

 https://forms.gle/ugp21uTPdGHkuXkZ6

Online hazard briefing:*
I HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THIS
I will do this before my trip. Please email me the link again
I plan to make the rest of my group suffer in the cold and miss out on at least 1 run - whilst this briefing is done out in the cold in person.
I have already been out with BRC this 2021 season - and have previously done this online briefing.

CONTACT & DETAILS ABOUT YOUR GROUP


Phone number when in the Big Red Cats area: *

What is the date of your first day cat skiing in 2021? *

Group leader - person that booked organised the cat skiing - if that is you - just put your name here. *

How many days of cat skiing are you doing in total? If they are not consecutive, what days are you out?

COVID19 screening:



The main COVID19 screening was done above on this form. However please give us any additional information that might be relevant to this COVID19 screening



FACE MASKS (REQUIRED):

The face mask(s) that you bring should have the following attributes:

  1. Be made of at least 2 layers of tightly-woven material (such as cotton or linen)
  2. Adjustable nose rest to fit around the nose to stop gaps
  3. Allow for easy breathing
  4. Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  5. Maintain their shape
  6. Be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  7. Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment. 
  8. Be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
  9. one-layer buffs are not a sufficient mask



POWDER SKIS 

Powder skis make a huge difference for the quality of your day.    Please bring skis at the very least 95mm underfoot, but preferably between 106-114mm underfoot

My plan for powder skis is as follows:*
I have already rented these from BRC - I understand that the guides will bring these skis to me up to the staging area.
I HAVE MY OWN POWDER SKIS - I WILL BRING THEM WITH ME.
I would like to rent skis from Big Red Cats - please email me the form the cost is C$39 per day.
I am a snowboarder - I have my own board - I will set this back
I am a snowboarder - But would like to rent a powder board from BRC - Please email me the form! (cost is C$39 per day)
SKI BOOTS*
I have my own ski boots (or snowboard boots) - I am bringing these
I plan on renting ski boots from Red Mountain (or somewhere else) - I will get this done at the latest a day before my cat skiing day

ALCHOHOL AND DRUGS: 

At BRC we have a 100% strict no drugs or alcohol rule. If you drink alcohol, smoke weed, or take any other recreational drugs, we will not allow you to ski for the rest of the day. Even though alcohol and weed are both legal in BC they impair judgement thereby increasing the risks to you, other guests and our team.      

The only exception to this rule, is if people bring a beer to enjoy after the last run of the day.

I understand that I will not be able to ski for the rest of the day if I drink alcohol, smoke weed, and or take any other recreational drugs*
I agree

AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER INTERFERENCE  - CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND MAGNETS ETC.

  1. All electronic devices should be kept at least 20cm away from your transceiver when you are in send mode, and 50cm away when you are in search mode.
  2. Chest-mounted GoPros are prohibited. Helmet-mounted and selfie sticks are OK.
  3. Using WIFI or BLUETOOTH  to pair a cameras (including GoPros)  with a phone is prohibited during the cat skiing day.  
  4. Drones are OK, but please confirm with your guide before flying as we don't want to slow the group down in some cases.  

Please SELECT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTRONIC DEVICES THAT YOU MAY HAVE *
CELL PHONES - best to be off - but if you need to take photos please be in Airplane Mode
GoPro - Turn OFF if you need to search, as your transceiver may be confused by the weak signal coming from the GoPro
HEATED GLOVES & or BOOTS - turn off or pull the plug, if you need to search as you may not get an accurate reading with them on.
METAL OBJECTS - please don't bring these
MAGNETS - a few jackets have magnetic buttons - these have been reported to accidently turn a transceiver off - DO NOT BRING THESE
CAMERAS - please turn off while skiing
WIFI or BLUETOOTH - many devices have WIFI connectivity with smart phones. Please make sure that WIFI and Bluetooth are disabled.
I have no electronic devices, magnets, or metal

TRANSPORT TO THE STAGING AREA:

The snowcat staging area:

  1. You need to be at the BRC staging area at 8.30am
  2. Allow at the least 25 minutes to drive from the base of Red to the BRC staging area  - allow 35 minutes if lots of fresh new snow.
  3. the staging area is 24km north of the base of the Red Mountain ski hill driving north on highway 3B  
  4. Look for the Red Big Red Cats sign on the driver's right side of highway 3B
  5. If you have reached the intersection of highway 3 - you have gone 450 m too far, turn around and drive back 450m
  6. You need to allow at least 30 minutes if driving from Rossland BC.
  7. If you are driving from Nelson it is best to drive via highway 3- refer to our driving instructions PDF

My plan for getting to the staging area is:*
I will self drive, or get a ride with another person going cat skiing - I will see the team at 8.30am at the staging Area.
I need a lift with the guides in the Bus - THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL C$80 PER PERSON - CHARGE TO RIDE THE BUS. I will be out the Front of the Red shutter Inn at 7.55am on my cat skiing days. This year with COVID19 we are STRONGLY encouraging people to self drive. With COVID19 there is additional cleaning that the guides need to do each day - so you will be ALSO delayed at the end of the day by 10-15 minutes while the guides clean. PLEASE TRY TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE YOU OWN WAY TO THE STAGING AREA.

FOOD AND ALLERGIES


Please ADVISE US OF ANY CHANGES to your food preferences, and/or allergies that you may have since you did our waiver. Are you bringing any relevant medications or an EPIpen?

CHANGES TO YOUR HEALTH since you completed the waiver. Please let us know of any RELEVANT medical issues that you would like the guides to be aware of.

EQUIPMENT TO BRING:   

FACE-MASKS AND A PERSONAL WATER BOTTLE ARE ESSENTAIL!

Please bring all of the following:
2 or more FACE-MASKS
a spare pair of GOGGLES - at least 2 in total
a personal water bottle if you prefer this to our paper cups for this year.
A spare pair of gloves
a pair of sunglasses if you like
a couple of goggle bags or microfibre cleaning cloths to clean googles if they get fogged.
An extra jacket or layer - we will be keeping all the cat windows open most day to allow more airflow with COVID19
A couple of zip-loc bags to carry face-masks between runs, and once they get to damp to use anymore.

AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR:

  1. We provide backpacks, shovels, probes, radios, whistles.
  2. Your guides will bring all this gear to the BRC staging area. 
  3. We do not provide avalanche airbags.   But we do rent a few of these for C$39 per day - they are limited and must be booked in advance
  4. You are welcome to bring your own backpack, probe, and shovel as long your gear is not flimsy (ie plastic shovels, short probes etc.)  Please show this gear to your guide to review.
  5. We STRONGLY advise that you use our BRC transceivers.   You are welcome to bring your own, but please use our transceiver as the main device for send mode.
  6. We always want the transceiver worn on you abdomen/torso - this makes it quicker for us to find you, as we are then probing for the largest part of your body.
  7. We don't want the transceiver worn in a pocket - as it is more likely to get damaged with impacts with trees or rocks, if you are involved in an avalanche.

My plan for avalanche safety gear is as follows: - Please check any & all that apply: *
I will use all the really good BRC gear provided.
I will bring my own pack, shovel and probe, but wlll use a BRC transceiver.
I would like to rent an Airbag pack - cost is C$39 - (research in canada shows about a 9% improvement in survivability) - please email me the rental form.
I will bring my own airbag pack
I would really like to use my own transceiver if there is a search and can confirm that it is less than 5 years old, I have practiced with it, it is not a Pieps transceiver. I will keep this in a pocket or in the backpack and use BRC transceiver for sending.

YOUR AVALANCHE & FIRST AID EXPERIENCE

Please tell us something about your avalanche experience. Check boxes that are relevant.
I have never been cat skiing before & have no formal avalanche training.
I have done lots of back-country ski touring, and have practiced a lot with avi tools
I have been catskiing many times
I have completed an AST course
I am or have been an avalanche professional ie ski patroller, ski guide, hwy's control
Please tell us something about your first aid & medical experience (select options below)
I have no experience or training
I have an expired first aid certification
I have a current 40 hour first aid certification
I have a current 80 hour first aid certification and some experience.
I have first aid experience as a ski patroller or para-medic
I am a doctor or Nurse & and have some experience in emergency medicine
I am a doctor - but in a field that I have almost no experience with first aid, or emergency medicine

BREAKFAST & DINNERS AT THE FRESH CLUBHOUSE

With COVID19 you can still have a great breakfast at the fresh clubhouse you have to either order take-out online, or book in in advance for a 7am seating or a 7.25am seating.   

Dinners for the winter are only for groups that book in advance.   There is a smaller menu than last year.   


Breakfast and Dinner at the Fresh clubhouse.
Please send me the email me the link to the online order form - for breakfast for take-out.
My group is interested in coming into Fresh for either apre, or dinner - please send me a menu or dinner.

MERCHANIDISE, STICKERS, AND GIFTS

We have a great selection of T-shirts, Hats (touques, ball caps), cups, ski straps, Stickers, and other cool stuff.  

Available for purchase from FRESH , next door to th BRC office from 9am-9pm daily if you don't catch us at the office.

OR

Tell us what you would like, and we will charge your card in advance, and we will ask the guides to bring this merch up to you at the staging area.
BRC T-shirt - large -C$30
BRC T-shirt - medium
BRC T-shirt -small $30
BRC T-shirt Extra large -$30
Ball Cap Grey - round BRC logo - $30
Ski strap - $10
stickers - Free

Please let us know of any other information or feedback that you would like to give us.
Parent or Guardian's Signature*
Electronic Signature Consent*
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