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Massive powder makes this a video you have to watch.
Watch as Armada team riders Riley Leboe and Nick Leboe hit Selkirk Wilderness during guides week. Normaly the snow is decent during the early season but this edit proves otherwise. The BC interior got smoked with massive powder accumulation allowing these two to make the most of their 2 day catskiing trip. Deep powder and awesome pillow lines - what else do you need?!
Powder skiing in burn areas is a euphoric experience
Salomon Freeski TV has done it again. This latest installment of season 3 has left us drooling on our keyboards again. Some of our best days of catskiing have involved a burn area of some kind.
I remember the first time in 2003 in the original Valhalla terrain. 85cms had fallen in two days and all we wanted to ski was the burn area. You see, the thing with burnt tree runs is that the snow is more stable than open slopes, the snow that usually is on the branches is on the ground and you can see every hit in the terrain!
Forest fires are a scary thing and can be very damaging to the lives of people who live in or near them. But there is always some part of me that thinks about what new runs there might be somewhere in the backcountry of BC when it's fire season...
Outdoor Research is giving away a crazy trip for TWO to Grand Targhee
Fresh snow, new gear and Teton views, all up for grabs. Outdoor Research and Grand Targhee Resort want to send you on a four-day, five-night ski or snowboard adventure at the home of Wyoming’s deepest snow, Grand Targhee.
We’re talking two round-trip tickets, ski or snowboard apparel for two, two days of cat skiing, two days of lift-accessed skiing and five nights lodging at the resort. So if deep snow and untracked lines are on your wish list for 2013, enter now to win a trip to Powder Paradise.
The first trip of 2013 has come and gone for us. We have been left with some amazing memories of skiing powder, finding cool terrain features and making more good friends out in the deep. This trip was especially fun for us because we had so many different lighting conditions that allowed us to get so many different styles of photos. We had a dark and cloudy day on Friday so we broke out our lighting set up and got creative. Sunday brought fresh snow and welcomed sunshine and, well, powder and sunshine! What more can we say?
As many of your know, BC has been hammered with some incredible early season snow. Even this week we are getting puked on. The larger amount of snow has given Valhalla an unprecedented early deep base that gave us the opportunity to ski deeper into their terrain than ever before. This opened us up to finding new terrain features that we didn't even know where there.
We were thinking back on our years at Valhalla and came to the consensus that we have been hunting down powder there for the past 11 years. Every year brings something new and exciting. The guides and staff are always top notch and the terrain keeps blowing us away. Hopefully we get to visit again later in the season to explore their newly expanded terrain in the Caribou Bowl. Until then, enjoy this gallery below.
A crew from Armada Skis was up at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing and they sure hit it right. SWS had just done their guides training week on top of a 2 metre base with another 100cms that fell during the week! You can see there is no exageration here when you watch the video of the sweet Selkirk Wilderness pillow lines.
One Part Sunshine, Two Parts Powder = Epic Catskiing
At the end of our second day catskiing at Valhalla Powder Cats, the snowfall that the weather forecasters had promised started to fall. The town of Nelson was serene and silent as the snow came down and our anticipation of the next day started to grow. We woke up to about five centimeters in town which translated to much more in the alpine.
We made the trek up to the Valhalla weather plot where each day is started and to our delight there was what looked like 15-20 cms of fresh Kootenay powder...and the sun came out! The first few runs were mayhem, we felt like kids in a candy store. Our guides Josh and Caleb made sure our group made the best of the sunshine taking us to runs where we could shred the fresh pow while basking in the sun glowing overhead.
Mid-day the 'Kootenay Ocean' grew larger and consumed the Valhalla's. It then started to snow a little which quickly turned into alot. As the flakes got larger we got deeper and deeper into the terrain and explored further than we ever had this early in the season. The features we saw had our heads spinning looking at all of the options. The Valhallla catskiing terrain is so varied giving every ridge line and aspect a different feel and vibe. We left the day completely satisfied and stoked to come back and see what else we can find waiting for us deep in the Valhalla's...
Thanks to all of the guides, staff and the rest of our catskiing group for an amazing experience at Valhalla Powdercats!
We were treated to more Powder on Day Two at Valhalla Powdercats
Day Two of our Valhalla Powdercats trip and we got even deeper into their terrain. Never before have we been this far back this early in the season. BC was treated to a serious amount of early season snow which has blessed the mountains with more snowpack that usual. This is a bonus for those of us into catskiing!
We can't remember what run the above shot was taken on but that doesn't really matter. Everywhere was deep and soft and our entire cat loved every turn. We had a couple over from England join us today on their first trip to BC, their first trip to the Kootenays and their first trip catskiing. The look in their eyes told us that they will be back in our neck of the woods. They couldn't have picked a better season to come try out what this area has to offer.
Our lead guide and operation manager Tyler and our tail guide Carla gave us another remarkable day in the backcountry. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings us at Valhalla Powdercats...
You often hear people say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Today at Valhalla Powdercats we got a full memory card full of those kind of pictures. The sample you see above is from a super-fantastic rip down a run aptly named Pick-a-Pop. There are spines and powder pillows all the way down the slope.
It was only day one today of a three day excursion to Valhalla Powdercats and things are looking very promising. We are out here with a group from Freshair.ca and the getting is good. A little more snow fell today and the temps are perfect.
If you haven't got a trip booked to Valhalla yet you had better get on it. Or you can always enter our contest and get out here for a lot less cash!
This is just day one so stay tuned for more pics, vids and stories coming out of Valhalla this weekend.