Wildsnow PNW Hits The Powder Highway

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After a quick introduction to the Nelson ski scene last winter, I swore I’d come back, hopefully often. With surreal visions from Sweetgrass Valhalla stuck in my mind, I decided now was the time.

A few days in Colorado gave me a good fix of light deep pow but I certainly wasn’t done. I arrived back in uncharacteristically bone-dry PNW and immediately fled. Zach, Amber, Chris and I hit the road and three days ago we arrived in Nelson, British Columbia. So far the powder’s been deep.

Welcome to Nelson! Photo by my good friend and awesome photographer Zachary Winters.

Welcome to Nelson! Photo by my good friend and awesome photographer, Zachary Winters.

For two days we’ve skied in the backcountry around Whitewater ski resort and found phenomenal conditions. Saturday we became acquainted with the current snowpack and enjoyed a bit of sunny weather. Sunday we had a better idea how the snowpack was situated and went for lighter powder on more northerly slopes.

Skinning up to pillow country on the first day.

Skinning up to pillow country on the first day.

Zach getting dropping some classic Kootenay pillows

Zach dropping classic Kootenay pillows.

More pillows!

More pillows!

Chris finding the way through ghost trees.

Chris finding the way through ghost trees.

One last lap before sunset.

One last lap before sunset.

I’ve got a few more days of freedom before school starts again — goal is to milk it for all its worth. Our plans are wide open; we’ll ski Nelson for a few more days and possibly head up to Revelstoke, or go to one of many backcountry huts. One thing is for sure — it’ll be fun skiing!

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8 Responses to “Wildsnow PNW Hits The Powder Highway”

  1. Jack December 30th, 2013 12:33 pm

    Louie – really nice to see that you have the freedom to go do this. I’m a little jealous. Favorite photo is the one skinning past the big rock.

  2. cam December 30th, 2013 12:57 pm

    Stoked you’re getting what you came for!

  3. Joe John December 30th, 2013 1:44 pm

    Way to go get it….also nice to see a knuckledragger getting some too. Happy New Year!

  4. Coop December 30th, 2013 3:02 pm

    Really…excited….for…you…guys.

    ;) glad to see you are all getting it. Jealous, as per usual.

  5. Jason D December 30th, 2013 11:19 pm

    Just bring some of that home please!

  6. Callie December 31st, 2013 1:20 am

    Hell. Yeah! So rad.

  7. John P January 1st, 2014 4:33 pm

    wow that looks wonderful! Nice shots Zach!

    also what Jason said…

  8. Carol Guthrie February 27th, 2014 10:48 am

    Wanted: 2 keen backcountry skiers

    Campbell Icefield, BC Backcountry Ski Trip
    March 15-22, 2014

    I recently broke my ankle and had really hoped I would be back inaction for our upcoming back country ski trip. Unfortunately, I can at even get my boot on and when I did try skiing, I lasted an hour and was in serious pain.

    So I am unable to go on this trip :cry: and would love to find 2 people to replace myself and my husband.

    We paid $960 pp for a catered and self guided trip. So no cooking or dishes which is a treat. Also a keg of beer. I am very happy to work out a negotiable price to make it worth it for both of us.
    There is the helicopter fee of $400 pp yet to be paid. So imagine a fantastic week of skiing with meals provide for under $1000. Can’t beat that! :-)

    It is a group of 14 + the 2 replacements. An “experienced” group of people also with years of experience in backcountry travel and most with at least AST1 or AST2.

    Visit http://www.skigolden.com to check out the lodge and terrain.

    Please contact me on FaceBook and I can provide more details.
    Carol Guthrie

    I’d appreciate your passing this onto any other backcountry skiers.
    Thanks

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