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    TR: CMH Kootenay - Steep Shots in the Selkirks

    Last month, I visited CMH Kootenay in Nakusp, BC to ride with their "Steep Shots and Pillow Drops" program.

    SSPD is a little different than the standard small & big group trips, with a focus on getting you on technical entries, chutes and airs, as conditions permit. Naturally, this program attracts a more freeride focused group, as the glacier wigglers look elsewhere. Aside from a few dates at Revelstoke, Kootenay is the primary destination for this program.

    The trip started with a flight to Spokane, then driving to Rossland, BC, home of RED Mountain. This was my first time to RED and I was treated to a 11cm powder day above the clouds. Their terrain is quite steep and playful!
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    Heading north, you pass by Slocan Lake and the Valhalla Range. As stunning a drive as I can remember:
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    After checking in at Arrow Lakes lodge, the "trail map" hinted at the terrain the tenure offers:
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    Following the next day's safety briefing, we were all chomping at the bit to fly in the Bell 212, and were quickly whisked away to foggy views of the Selkirks:
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    After a warmup run, we started to dip our toes in steeper terrain:
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    Knuckles were dragged:
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    We continued to work our way through multiple drainages, riding steep trees and some chutes, managing 9 runs on a shorter day.

    The following morning, we awoke to fog in town, but the airways hinted at big views in the alpine. We were the first bird out, and quickly broke the clouds on route to our first run, Wunderbar:
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    As a solo rider, it's always a bit risky being dropped in a group, but our crew hit it off from day one and rode hard. New friendships abound!
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    We worked our way higher into the alpine. A hair raising landing on Tinkerbell delivered jaw dropping views from the Monashees to the Bugaboo Spires:
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    I love technical, tree filled runs, but getting a clear day in the alpine was a special treat:
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    Tinkerbell face, our tracks are coming out of the chute:
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    After lunch, the fog took hold of the alpine, and we retreated back to the steep trees for a 12 run day. A beetle kill casualty provided the afternoon's entertainment:
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    The evening's entertainment was a different matter:
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    The next morning, we experienced our first and only weather hold. Coffee and card games were of little benefit, but we got the call at 12pm to rally to the helipad for an afternoon of runs. 5 steep tree runs and chutes were on tap:
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    On our final day, we rose to light snow in town. The storm delivered a great powder day, as well as some of our most challenging runs of the trip:
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    A quick lap into the trees, followed by a return to the ridge.
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    Straightline and pray
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    The Boulder Gash pillows. Time to get creative!
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    Playful terrain:
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    It wasn't overly deep, but quick slashes delivered you into the white room
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    GoPro footage of the heli-fueled shenanigans


    After 4 days of flying, I returned to lowly Denver, daydreaming of a return to RED, Nakusp and other BC interior destinations. Between the terrain, guides, lodge and nearby attractions (hot springs next to the Heli Pad!), it was as memorable of a trip as you could ask for.

    If you haven't been on a heli, put it on your list now!

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    Nice dude!!

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    Well done. Tyler H said he had fun with your group. The wait list is 3 years long for this programme so good on you for getting in

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    Glad you had fun, Monashees are my back yard. Love it so much.
    www.skevikskis.com Check em out!

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    Siiiiick!!!!


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    Nice! Looks amazing. Question - how much were terrain choices limited by the poor snowpack interior BC is dealing with? I'm going to Mustang Powder next month for the first time and a little worried we won't get on the more challenging terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoasttreehugger View Post
    Nice! Looks amazing. Question - how much were terrain choices limited by the poor snowpack interior BC is dealing with? I'm going to Mustang Powder next month for the first time and a little worried we won't get on the more challenging terrain.
    I mean I just watched your video and it certainly doesn't seem like your guides shied away from consequential terrain!

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    Holy crap, they put you on some pretty exposed stuff given the PWL.


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    FKNA Nice work!

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    Awesome tr. I did a similar trip out of Naskusp w/cmh 25 (!!!) yrs ago and some of those shots are familiar still.
    Move upside and let the man go through...

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    thanks for the stoke!

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    this is badass

    yes that drive along the lake looking at the Valhallas is one of the best

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    Sweet baby jesus, that looked great! Nicely done man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchgreenchile View Post


    After lunch, the fog took hold of the alpine, and we retreated back to the steep trees for a 12 run day. A beetle kill casualty provided the afternoon's entertainment:
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    Thx for the share and I'm happy you had a good time. So they torched a tree for the entertainment of their guests? Am I understanding this correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    Thx for the share and I'm happy you had a good time. So they torched a tree for the entertainment of their guests? Am I understanding this correctly.
    Kootenay candles are a thing. We dont get too precious about dead trees when surrounded by endless clear cuts.

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    Excellent

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    FKNA amazing!

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