Valhalla Visions — Backcountry Powder Skiing Wrap


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Julie Kennedy and Caroline Bleich at Vallhalla Mountain Touring this past week.

Julie Kennedy and Caroline Gleich at Vallhalla Mountain Touring lodge this past week. We left yesterday, all with tired legs and awed expressions on our mugs. Click images to enlarge.

white room

It's a cliche, but white room describes the situation we were 'challenged' with for 7 days of bliss in the Selkirk mountains of British Columbia.

The usual human powered ski lift. Big days were around 8,000 vert for some of the guests

The usual human powered ski lift. Big days were around 8,000 vert for some of the Valhalla guests

Julie

Julie can't get enough of it.

One of the few moments the sun peaked out, and we peaked.

One of the few moments the sun peaked out, and we peaked.

Caroline

Patagonia ambassador, Caroline Gleich, is the shred queen of Valhalla.

mk

Michael Kennedy floats out of the ghost forest.

Reaching the top of a cloud layer on our first run of the day. Stoked!

Reaching the top of a cloud layer on our first run of the day. Stoked!

Skiing off the top of rugged peak during our only day with sunny clear, weather.

Skiing off the top of Rugged Peak during our only day with more than a few minutes of sunny, clear weather.

The locals said the ghost trees were in exceptional form. Proof was how many were falling over.

The locals said the ghost trees were in exceptional form. Proof was how many were falling over. Getting from the lodge back to civilization required chainsawing our way out.

Ben getting a face full of powder

Ben getting a face full of Valhalla lodge powder.

Hayden

Hayden at Valhalla.

When the sun tried to shine, the photographic light was exceptional.

When the sun tried to shine, the photographic light was exceptional in the Ruby Mountains.

Caroline getting deep!

Caroline getting deep!

The camera kept wanting this one, that's Dom on Ruby Peak

The camera kept wanting this one.

Valhalla Mountain Touring skiing and lodge photos by Lisa, Louie, Michael.

Comments

6 Responses to “Valhalla Visions — Backcountry Powder Skiing Wrap”

  1. Caleb Wray December 24th, 2012 9:36 am

    Great trip guys. This makes me so excited for our Selkirks trip this spring! The posts have been fantastic.

  2. Gregg Cronn December 24th, 2012 6:18 pm

    Glad my suggestion of VMT worked out for you guys! Fantastic pictures and trip reports. Way to fuel the stoke! I was enjoying the same at Rogers Pass. Epic, Epic storm cycle skiing. Mt Baker BC was not too shabby today.

  3. Lisa December 25th, 2012 11:26 am

    Gregg,
    Thanks for the recommendation. VMT was so fantastic. The snow was truly the best we’ve ever skied.
    Would be great to get together with you when we’re back in Bham, although we may not leave Koots until the last minute. We’re just having too much fun here!
    Lisa

  4. Jailhouse Hopkins December 26th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Just saw yer mug on the BC news. I guess a bigger helmet is in order now that you’ve hit celebrity status up here!

  5. Lou Dawson December 26th, 2012 7:34 pm

    Wish we’d seen that, will they replay it? For those that are wondering, they wanted some none-locals at Whitewater to extol the virtues, so Kennedy and I were roped in. It wasn’t TGR, that’s next, or wait, the Sweetgrass gap jump is said to be Michael’s calling.

  6. Jailhouse Hopkins December 27th, 2012 1:33 am

    Link sent via email.

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