Friday, March 21, 2008

Homefront Exploration - Logan Canyon Yurt Trip

Well, I finally have some time off. Not much, just 9 days, but man does it feel good not to be guiding for a few days. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, you see what I get up to! But 33 days in a row is alot of work, even if it is my dream job. I think I tallied something close to 200,000' vertical feet in that stint of works-that's a lot of steeps, glades, bowls, pow and chutes so I am definitely not complaining!

I came home to Jasmin (my wife) who I have been missing lots lately...hopefully she will just be my assistant guide next season, so we won't be apart too much. My first day off I spent watching her take second in the Powderkeg Ski Race, way to go! (you can track her adventures at!) My other week off treat was getting really sick. Funny how I have seen every sickness come in from all corners of the continent with each new week of guests at Valhalla Mountain Touring and my body holds on to its health until it knows it doesn't have to anymore. Work is done? Okay, lets get sick!

So I fought the sickness and went ahead with our planned 3 day yurt trip up to the Blind Hollow Yurt near Logan Canyon, UT. Tommy from organized the trip to get some photos to work with, and just to get far away from his desk for a few days of 'field' work. We scored it just right with 3 days of cold smoke and Tommy got some killer shots, as you will see at the end of the post. If anyone in the Northern Utah area is looking for some great skiing, with no one around close to home, check out the Blind Hollow Yurt, run by Utah State. A quick 2 hour drive from SLC and you are in your own little powder oasis!

Enjoy the shots, courtesy of Tommy Chandler, and go get some adventure close to home!

The Blind Hollow Yurt

Terrain out the backdoor!

Quality snow-quality skiing.

Jasmin tracks down some untracked

More quality terrain and snow

Jenga, the ultimate in Yurt recreation!

A few Pillow on the way home

And remember if you are really trying to kill some time at work, you can keep track of the rest of my adventures at

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Blogger Dale's Page said...

Nice spot, never been up there in winter but often in spring and fall.

3/21/2008 10:32 PM

Blogger Kyle French said...

Great pics- I am green with envy. This has been an epic snow year, even if 90% of my turns have been lift served.

3/21/2008 11:20 PM

Blogger The.Dragon.Lady. said...

The Blind Hollow Yurt envisions brightly lit, magical castles erupting from the hidden world under the snow! MAGICAL, MAGICAL INDEED!!! :D

3/22/2008 12:20 PM

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3/22/2008 12:24 PM

Blogger christina said...

Wonderful blog.. one of the best i have come across..

Thank you for the informative post…

Aban Jogeo

3/23/2008 10:53 AM

Blogger Silky_Soft_Rose said...

We Mountaineers call ourselves wild and wonderful but Utah has our Mountains beat~ awesome pictures! To be honest though I look forward to the end of winter and snow! I look forward to the erupting of the buds on the trees!

3/23/2008 9:00 PM

Blogger E. R. Dunhill said...

Aren't you concerned that all of that Jenga might trigger an avalanche?


3/24/2008 7:43 AM

Blogger powstash said...

@ERD - That was funny.

Like everyone else, some amazing pics. Great post Evan - 33 days straight?!?

3/24/2008 8:31 AM

Anonymous San Francisco Photos said...

Hey those photos are beautiful ... very crisp and perfect details. Keep up the great work!

3/24/2008 9:02 AM

Anonymous lori552 said...

I lived in Santa Fe for 4 years back in the 90's. Seeing your pictures reminds me how much I love the mountains.

3/24/2008 10:19 AM

Blogger Tommy Chandler said...

Thanks for the good words on the pics. Was a fun trip indeed and I was super impressed with the Blind Hollow terrain and yurt. I had been to the SteamMill yurt three times before and got a tip that this one had the best terrain of the four yurts up in Logan Canyon. It was great stuff with lots of variety, steepness and aspects. I didn't get as much skiing as I would have liked since I was shooting, but I'm not complaining about this being my job. Working/hanging with Evan, Jasmin and Sarah was great too..although it was tough keeping up!

3/24/2008 10:41 AM

Anonymous Ed T. said...

A dream of mine is to live in the wilderness in a yurt,..I'm jealous, but thanks for a preview of what it might be like. My version has a bike powered generator with a satellite

3/26/2008 11:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice pictures you got here! Hope I could visit this place soon. I haven't been snow-tripping in like...AGES! haha!

3/26/2008 11:43 PM

Anonymous sumedi said...

heloo, thats a nice look, white snow. I live in indonesia, tropical country, so Im not familiar with that scene. But, we have beach, sun, beautifull flower etc. Nice to see this blog.

Sumedi, Indonesia

3/28/2008 3:15 AM

Blogger Hank Dunckel said...

Wow, You have some breath taking photo on this blog! Always wonder what it would be like traveling down the slopes as fast an Eagle.

Hank Dunckel
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3/30/2008 9:37 AM

Anonymous remshad said...

I stumbled onto your site, which was featured by Blogger.Thanks for the good words on the pics. Was a fun trip indeed and I was super impressed with the Blind Hollow terrain.Very Fine Work,,,....

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