Ymir Yurts have a couple of rustic ski touring yurts, located in the Nelson Range between Wildhorse Catskiing and Whitewater ski resort. I just spent a week guiding a group of Swedish skiers and boarders out of the Yurtopia Yurt.
It was snowing and blowing almost the whole time, with nearly 50cm of new snow over the course of the week, making for constant trail breaking, and the perfect powder skiing experience the group had traveled a long way for.
A rare break in the clouds.
Not everyone that comes to Wildhorse is focused entirely on getting in lots of vertical. As ski-tourers know, putting in some extra time and effort can provide big rewards.
On the Summit.
I recently got to show around a couple of our regulars, who wanted to make the most of a rest day on their annual cat-skiing trip. We snowmobiled to the top of our road network, climbed to the summit of Wildhorse Peak, and skied the long, open, and otherwise inaccessible South face in perfect conditions.
The South Face
With plenty of boot-packing, traversing, and side-stepping required to link it all together, the whole experience was a major work-out for guys that don’t regularly do this sort of thing, but they toughed it out and had a great time.
My winter at Wildhorse cat-skiing has begun. With the owner/lead guide Trevor recovering from a broken leg sustained in the Fall, I’m taking on all guiding duties for a little bit. The snow-pack is thinner than usual, and we haven’t had much new snow of late, but with perfect boot-deep powder skiing on all aspects, our clients are invariably stoked at the end of the day. I have mixed feelings about guiding. Of course I course I love skiing fresh powder, but the experience can’t compare to the freedom, challenge, and camaraderie of adventuring with close friends. What does make it worthwhile is the the satisfaction of providing people with what is often a peak life experience. It’s uplifting to be associated with such joy.
That’s me, out in front at Wildhorse – Photo by Trevor.
I’m just back from four days at Wildhorse cat-skiing, and hanging out in the funky little town of Ymir. Effortless powder skiing as per usual, with even a crisp sunlit day between the endless snows. After a bit of a dry spell, we had 12cm of new snow this morning at Red, and while it took me a run to re-adjust to feeling the base underneath, I soon found my groove.
Spent the day skiing a new zone at Wildhorse. Sweet 500′ vertical laps into Blitz lake with a small group, snowing hard all day.
I just spent a week guiding a group of ski-tourers out of the Yurtopia yurt in the Nelson Range. With such a reactive snow-pack, it was sometimes a challenge finding slopes that were both safe and satisfying, but it ended up being a great week of powder skiing.
Cruising through the Larches.
A small slope that released on the 6th skier,
Andrew on the Summit of Kututle
Just back from a couple of days ski touring out of the Yurtopia Yurt in the Nelson Range. Andrew and I covered lots of ground and managed to ski off the summits of Kututle, Ymir and Seaman Peaks.
Looking back towards Kututle and Seaman from Ymir Peak
Dropping-in to the North East off Ymir Peak
Skiing the Unbelievabowl off Kututle
Scoping Lines on the North Face of Seaman
With stable hoar frosted powder and perfect visibility we were able to pick off a few aggressive lines.
About to drop in to my line.
The most popular and regularly skied terrain at Wildhorse cat-skiing is the area we call Perfect Glades. Yesterday they were doing justice to their name. The snow quality was high on all aspects, and generally pretty stable, though unsupported rollovers at tree-line on northern aspects were releasing in pockets on the hoar-frost layer at about 40cm.