Monday, February 25, 2013

The off season! Getting in as much skiing as possible!

The end of cx season always signifies the beginning of ski season, however short. Our first weekend back, we decided we needed to have a shake down cruise before our big trip the next week. So a cabin weekend with a few hikes up Tilly Jane to the stone shelter.
Great weather with a 4 volcano view!

For ten of the past 12 years, we have made a trip to eastern Oregon to do some backcountry skiing in some of the best terrain and snow Oregon has to offer. Wallowa Alpine Huts is awesome and always something to look forward to. Although our winter has been a bit light on the white stuff, we were able to find amazing powder stashes and enjoy yurt living at it's finest with good friends. I always look forward to this trip and it is hard to not go back. We love CB and his crew!

The road is actually straight! Crazy pic of the WAH camp before and after in Halfway.

Our partial tow in. 

Chillin' on the first day after the long hike in. Getting ready to do avy stuff and ski!
The first thing apres ski! Every day!
Great weather day 2.
Day 2 on the 'X' team (for extra vert) meant the best run of the day, but an extra 2000 ft climb before heading back to the yurt. It also provided an amazing sunset on way back to yurt.
Day 3 finding fresh powder. Long treks, but so worth it! And new runs!
Last night to finish all the alcohol. Shot ski for everyone!
Last day! Sad to say good bye, but looking forward to an excellent day skiing.
Excellent last day in the Enchanted Forest. Secret powder stashes! Great tour to get there.

Chic pic! Beth Ann and I.

As sad as it was to leave the Wallowas, the trip came to an end with some drunken fun in Halfway and a good local meal at Wild Bill's! But the trip wasn't over for three of us. Beth Ann, Mike Hills and I headed to Baker City to stock up on provisions and then headed up to Anthony Lakes for another 4 days and 3 nights. It was practically a must since we were so close. And it had been 9 years since Tim and I had been there. We rented out the new yurt and self guided our way to amazing terrain, great snow and some very fine meals.

cozy. beth starting a fire.
First half day (1/4 day) checking out area. Just a quick tour...
Ending in the resort for a groomer down.
Beth being my sous chef.
Day 2. Directly to the 'goods'. An amazing day!
Beth doing due diligence. It was bomber.
Sun came out mid day. Such a great day with fantastic skiing.
Beth & Mike on top of Angel Peak.
Our playground! Skied all of that!
Best yurt snack ever!

Day 3 we headed to a different basin.
First run was in the middle there.
Beth had binding failure on our super steep fun run.
Doesn't look steep from photo, but may be the steepest backcountry run I have done. Ever. We did it twice.
The see through walls of our yurt.

Day 4 the visibility was low and the snow was dumping. We played it safe and still had a great day!
Ending with beers in the lodge. (I borrowed Mike's for the photo.)

So 8 days of hiking around seeking out powder was amazing. Good friends. Good times. After a nights sleep in my own bed, I tried to catch up on everything and then we headed to the cabin for the weekend. We can't get enough snow. The storm forecasted was not as epic as promised. Saturday was an epic fail with a flat tire on the subaru and a trip to Hood River for me, but Tim had a nice tour. Sunday we posed as skate skiers at teacup. That is hard! But I love it. Must. have. more.

Erin Ford and I before we headed out on our 2nd loop.
Lookin' good.
Views were great. But where is all the new snow???

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