March 16th, 2008

Zac’s Tracs Newsletter


2007-08 NEW Spring Courses scheduled
for Zac’s Tracs

Over the past couple of weeks we have received many inquiries about courses.
This led to NEW classroom sessions and field dates as well.Rick Tams

  • Okotoks, AB (south of Calgary, AB)
    Seitzo Motorsports
  • Coldstream, BC (east of Vernon, BC) Rick Tams
    Banner Recreational Products

    Rick Tams

  • Red Deer, AB
    Red Deer Power Sports
  • Golden, BC

For those students that need to RESCHEDULE their mountain sessions, please follow this link and scroll down to see the new field training options.

Click HERE to view the Course Details.
Scroll down through the chronological listing of classes.

Be proactive.
Complete or update your avy training this spring.
Save next season’s precious powder days for riding!

5 Snowmobilers on slope – Deep fracture

Check out this video clip shot by Genevieve Chabot for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (Montana, USA)
The clip includes a discussion related to a snowmobiler triggered avalanche at Buck Ridge, Montana ~ Feb 16/08.
5 riders were involved. The snowpack contained a very dense windslab sitting on a layer of facets.
At the deepest point the crown fracture measured 7 feet.

Click HERE for Video Clip

Click HERE for an explanation of ‘facets’

7 foot crown line

This is a stock photo from the Canadian Avalanche Assoc.

Advanced Class – AST2 – New schedule!

We have five sledders interested in an AST2 class for April.
The lead trainer for this program will be a CAA ITP instructor with some snowmobile background. Unfortunately I cannot confirm the instructor until we settle on a date.

*NOTE* It is hoped to split the course and will tentatively run:

  • 2-3 day terrain module in April 11 – 13, 2008
  • 2-3 day snow stability module in January 2009

This schedule should have lots of advantages.

Spring typically means long days and ‘go-anywhere’ snow. This is a great time for learning route selection and group management and leadership skills.

Mid-winter often delivers a more int