telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/22/17, 11:40 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Ski Service
Pro Ski Service
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  April 2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  April 6-13, 2013, Valhalla hut, Selkirk pow fest
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: April 6-13, 2013, Valhalla hut, Selkirk pow fest  (Read 1224 times)
Squakmtn
5Member
Offline

Posts: 71


April 6-13, 2013, Valhalla hut, Selkirk pow fest
« on: 04/15/13, 08:49 PM »

Our group of 12 headed in for a week of touring at the Valhalla hut which is located in the Valhalla subrange of the Selikirks and reached via heli from the hamlet of Burton which sits on Lower Arrow Lake south of Nakusp BC.  The week before the freezing level soared and everything slid.  We were concerned that a trend back to cool weather would leave us scraping about on a hard crust…

Day 1   On weather hold all morning.  Finally at 1PM the first Heli ride in with the group organizer and two others.  And then back on weather hold for the rest of us waiting to get in while the lucky first group is skiing laps at the hut.  Finally at 3PM the flying resumes and the remaining 9 skiers plus hut keeper and sling of food and gear are flown in.  It has snowed 10cm during the day at just below freezing, adding to 20cm of goo that fell the day before onto a sun crust from the "Big Easter Thaw".  Before night falls we get one lap on a treed south facing slope and conditions are soft, if heavy.

Day 2   The morning brings -3 C with another 10cm and snowing hard.  We head out and dig a pit on both south and west aspects and find remarkably stable conditions with cold dry unconsolidated storm snow above the goo and a CT20 on the crust.  Powder skiing everywhere as we break into 3 groups and ski the areas near the hut.

Day 3   Temps are holding low and 10cm overnight promises for another banner day.  The groups are remixed and then spread out to farm the same areas as day 2, finding everything untracked again!

Day 4   Even colder and some clearing at last and another 10cm fell overnight bringing the storm total to 50cm on the previous week's crust.  Pit results reveal continued good bonding, so we head for the alpine, cresting an 8000' pass between Woden Peak and Mt. McKean.  Skiing the backside of the pass is creamy sun warmed snow, the run back down to the hut perfect sunshine and powder.

Day 5   Snowing hard all day with temps hovering at 0 C, most opt to take a day off and chill out.  Those that head out keep to safer low angle protected slopes and find skiing conditions to be OK if heavy.

Day 6   Temps drop overnight to -4 C and it keeps snowing off and on.  Storm total is now 80cm.  We do a larger tour "Under the Rhino" and find perfect pow everywhere, skiing 5100' of vert.

Day 7   Continued temps below -3 C with clear skies expected to last til noon sends us up into the alpine again, this time the other side of Mt. McKean.  Finding big, sweeping open terrain up to Sunshine pass where the weather is starting to close down, we head over to the col next to the Rhino and proceed to ski the upper alpine bowl that leads into "Under the Rhino" and a total 1500' drop before the snow turns heavy and we stop. This same run in Jan-Feb could be over 3000' drop on the right day…

Day 8   It dumps all night and the temps drop below -6 C.  Storm total is now over 135cm, 110 of which has fallen while we were at the hut.  Everyone heads out to ski laps behind the hut except for the first heli group which is on standby in case the weather clears.  The storm continues all day and the runs are all over-the-shoulder faces shots complete with "can't follow behind" contrails and back of the head snow cones.  Finally at 4 PM the storm stops, the heli flies and everyone gets out in time to head for Nakusp for Dinner…  Not bad for the last day of the season at Valhalla hut!


* Descending_the_east_side_of_Mount_McKean_in_the_Valhallas.jpg (40.19 KB, 600x800 - viewed 524 times.)

* Skiing_Under_the_Rhino.jpg (46.98 KB, 926x502 - viewed 513 times.)

* Valhalla_Hut.jpg (180.52 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 525 times.)
Logged

Squak MountainEars
"We hear there's powder up there"
Squakmtn
5Member
Offline

Posts: 71


Re: April 6-13, 2013, Valhalla hut, Selkirk pow fest
« Reply #1 on: 04/17/13, 02:42 PM »

Did I mention the last day was deep?


* Diana_in_the_pow-64kb.jpg (60.25 KB, 828x800 - viewed 328 times.)
Logged

Squak MountainEars
"We hear there's powder up there"
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.