Archive for the ‘Backcountry Skiing’ Category

More winter scenery

March 20, 2012

A recap of some personal touring earlier in March.  Always fun to be getting out in the Sawtooth Range…

 

-Clark

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Ski Mountaineering Stoke

March 6, 2012

Since March has turned the corner, and we’ve got some springtime weather in the forecast for later this week, its time to start thinking about spring skiing plans.  White alpine faces, snow choked couloirs, high bowls filled with powder….SMG has several ski mountaineering programs, including chute skiing on the weekends in March and the Ski Mountaineering Camp (4/26-29) in April.

Here’s a couple photos from a period of good stability back in February, when I got out w/ Tobias and Smith rider Spencer Cordavano…fun stuff!

-Clark

Hut Based Avalanche Courses

January 19, 2012

The past couple weekends (1/6-8 & 1/13-15) SMG held two level 1 avalanche courses at the Williams Peak Yurt.  Participants hiked in 6 miles – to live in the mountains for 3 days while absorbing information about snowpack layering, avalanche terrain and rescue training.  Good weather, great views and even some good turns were had in both weekends.

Now our ski tracks and the layers of the snowpack are buried under several more feet of new snow!

BC Skills – Skiing & Riding at the Williams Peak Yurt

December 18, 2011
Stanley, Idaho

Stanley and the shadow of the Sawtooth Mountains

Last weekend we kicked off the Winter 2011/12 ski season with the Backcountry Skills Camp – a course covering avalanche awareness and touring skills at the hut.  Participants skied/rode for 3 days, got some avalanche rescue practice, exposure to snowpack layering, terrain management and plenty of touring.  We had a fun group, all around good vibe, and nice weather.

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-Clark

Early Season Ski/Snowboard Stoke – Magazines Feature SMG

November 14, 2011

As winter is moving in, the magazines are coming out with coverage on all the trips that happened last season.  In both Frequency Snowboard Magazine and the Sierra Club, there are feature stories on 2 separate trips to the Williams Peak Yurt.  Check ’em out:

Last March we had a group of snowboarders athletes join Clark for 4 days of alpine shredding.  They rode numerous lines in mid-winter conditions, and the story can be read in the 9.2 Issue of Frequency Snowboard Magazine (the snowboard version of the Skiers Journal).

Mike Basich

Basich lovin' the Sawtooths (photo: Basich collection)

Montana based journalist Aaron Teasdale and photographer Ryan Krueger joined us (Kirk, Hatch & Clark) for the Ski Mountaineering camp.  You can read his account of pushing his personal goals in some of the steep Sawtooth couloirs in the Sierra Club Magazine.

Aaron Teasdale

Aaron in the Chute Camp

Fun stuff to read early season…gettin us amped as another good winter begins to brew!

Custom Ski Mountaineering~~Neil Bradshaw

April 13, 2011

Trei's Haute Faire

April 7 thru 10 provided great powder skiing and high mountain adventures for Neil Bradshaw’s return annual adventure to the Williams Peak Yurts. Neil was joined once again by return veterans from previous seasons: Whit Atkinson, Per Lindfors, George Kirk, &  Brent Estep. Two new additions this season were Sean O’Conner and Dave Hennessy  who completed the group which was guided by Kirk Bachman and Michael Hatch.  Trei Cooke jumped in as Tail-gunner on his snowboard, when not putting out a 4-day menu of Gourmet Faire.

Faceshots of powder were ample thru the 4-day trip on all north aspects including such Classics Steep chutes: among them Big Phatty and KB’s with the requisite adrenalin these runs inspire.  The Group also raised to the Challenge on Day 3 for the Tour of ‘Around the Block’ which opens up seldoms skied High Bowls along with Passes which must be booted up with skis on back. This 10 hour tour brought some great skiing combined with mountaineering skills and many unexpected surprises along the way, as the Sawtooth Weather provided periods of sun mixed with Spring clouds and a Day of Snow Squalls.

Here are a few fotos which were contributed by Neil, Dave, and Kirk.

Can’t wait until next year’s adventure!

Down Mode from the Goat Ladder

Top of the Goat Ladder

Peak 10,082 from Goat Ladder Col

Ridgetop Looking Down KB's

Horstmann- Sickle Couloir Inspiration

Meadow Bowl

Our Crew Almost

George Headin' to the Throne

Neil 'Expedition Visionary'

Topping the Saddle Williams/Thompson

Sean seeking the Skier's Summit

Per re-visiting Familiar Terrain

Profile Basin

Approach to Big Fattie

Big Fattie Climb

Classic Chute-- Big Fattie

Approach to the Goat Ladder

Approaching the Goat Ladder

Goat Ladder

George Up-Mode Goat Ladder

Snowboarders attack the Sawtooths

March 28, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure of joining 6 talented snowboarders to the Williams Peak Hut.  The roster included long time pro Mike Basich, Deeper athlete Josh Dirksen, Smith team manager & photographer Cory Smith, 2 local talents Spencer Cordavano and Pat Lee (powexplorer), and photographer Mark Welsh.  We covered the two main Basins, and nailed a number of the classics in very nice snow.  They were psyched to check out what the Sawtooths have to offer, including not only the big classic lines, but the mini golf terrain as well, which are often overshadowed by the larger lines.

Running around the mountains with a group entirely made of snowboarders (2nd group this year) is just another sign that backcountry snowboarding is really taking off.  Good times “shredding”, hut lounging, classic snowboard booting, cliff hucking, a little split-skiing, and cruising around in good snow.  Look for a story sometime next year in Frequency Snowboard Magazine.  Thanks to Smith and Frequency.

-Clark