VMT Pow Report - P2-Gettin' the Ski Legs On
Ok folks, blogging from the lodge on a satellite connection -way out in the Valhalla Mountains. Gotta love modern technology...
The lodge is run by Evan Stevens, who is a Backcountry.com sponsored guide. His wife's parents own the lodge (yeah, he married up), and as an IFMGA Guide, he's the lodge manager and lead guide. We loaded up a snowcat with a weeks worth of food, 13 people plus gear, and took a hour and a half ride into the hills.
Before this trip, I'd only been ski touring twice this season, so it's safe to say the legs weren't exactly in shape.
After 2.5 days days and 12,000 feet, I'm sure they are getting there, but it doesn't matter because I am worked. The snow is great, about a foot of cold smoke, and a sorta sketchy avy danger, so we'll be sticking to trees and lower angle glades. The forecast is calling for more cold and snow for the rest of the week. Here's a photo of Evan skiing above Shannon Lake on our second day...
Here's some helmet cam footage of Evan skiing one of the signature lines at the lodge. It is a tree lined, 2,000' vertical gully called 'Big Momma'...enjoy!