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  1. #1
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    An Overnight in the Valhallas

    Conditions were prime and I had a couple of days for some recreational skiing. What do you do when you’re over forty and are looking for a mid-week ski touring partner? Hit up your twenty-something year old friends!After a quick chat with Axle, the plan was set, a quick overnight in the Valhallas. At 0600 we met in Slocan and headed into the Slocan Valley. While just outside of town, it gives an immediate sense of remoteness.20 minutes up the resource road, we parked the truck and jumped on the snowmobile. In the early morning light and a half hour later we were putting on our skins and contemplating the 1100m ascent to get to our first run.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	442917 Perfect melt freeze forms made for tacky skinning to the col. After a short bootpack we were strapping in and getting ready for a hot pow lap on some perfect spring snow.
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    The next morning we climbed back up to a different col on the North aspect to access another glaciated run. A bootpack through a moraine gave way to steep switchbacks on the final glaciated roll. The view to the south was amazing!Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	442806Softened by the morning light, the run provided carvable cream into the Basin. A quick tour up to the north brought us to a col below the NE face, a 1400m run into valley bottom. The steep tooth-like face above beckoned for tracks and so a boot pack to the top of the knife edged ridge ensued. Wind rippled settled powder made for predictable turns down the hanging feature.Click image for larger version. 

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    Turn after turn of buckle deep settled spring pow drew us to valley bottom. While the early afternoon sun urged us to take a break, the cold north aspect pow beckoned us to go for another lap. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	442804Up it was, another 1400m brought us to the top of a glaciated bowl, the NW aspect. With the steep rock walls and the crevassed glacier, the ambiance was distinctly alpine. A soulful descent in the late afternoon light dropped us into a bivy at treeline.Click image for larger version. 

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    Pristine powder turns down the glacier and through the moraine chute led to more fantastic spring riding conditions down to 1400m. 1000m and some steep subalpine terrain granted us passage to our final col. However the bonus pitch at the top was too good to resist. A quick lap down to the lakes ensuedClick image for larger version. 

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    North aspect powder transitioned to south aspect corn for our last descent back to the snowmobile.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	442808In the end, it was just a taste of the excellent skiing to be had in the Valhallas. If I did it again, I’d go back with a heavier pack and a bigger appetite for remote powder skiing and splitboarding. There are some advantages going somewhere a helicopter can’t drop you off—a sense of wilderness, fresh tracks and incredible terrain.Check out our Ski Traverses and Basecamps program if you’re interested in a trip like this.
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  2. #2
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    Amazing! Well done!!


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  3. #3
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    Pio was along?
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  4. #4
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    A new definition of "the snow was a bit sticky".

    Amazing place, I did realize the peaks were for alps looking.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

  5. #5
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    Hmm... Upside down pics and a marketing pitch? This JONG doesn't seem to get what we do here.
    ride bikes, climb, ski, travel, cook, work to fund former, repeat.

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