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We live in a beautiful world!

We live in a beautiful world!

Wednesday’s storm brought 10-20″ of fresh powder to the mountains of Central Idaho. With storms few and far between this season, the fresh snow brought big grins to all (skiers and farmers alike). Stability varies with the new storm and sensitive wind slabs can be found in exposed areas. Check the local advisory for the details: sawtoothavalanche.com and enjoy!

A pleasure to break trail in fresh snow

A pleasure to break trail in fresh snow

Fresh snow taking some heat on the solars

Fresh snow taking some heat on the solars

Heli-Guide day off, Pat carving the alpine

Heli-Guide day off, Pat carving the alpine

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Fresh+ powder + big peaks + a little sunshine= smiles

Fresh+ powder + big peaks + a little sunshine= smiles

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Jan 202014
 

Joe St.Onge, Patrick Graham and interns: Niels Meyer and Alisa Mcgowan have just returned from 7 days in the Pioneer Mountains on a winter mountaineering training with a production crew from the BBC. An action packed week focused on learning skills related to avalanche safety, forecasting and rescue as well as backcountry skiing and mountaineering skills. the Pioneer Yurt served as base camp and the team also put in a high camp at 10,500 for a alpine ascent of Hyndman Peak. Conditions included a generally low snowpack and wind affected snow with hazards related to widespread wind slabs. The less then optimal ski conditions were balanced by the phenomenal setting and wonderful crew from the BBC. We look forward to seeing the ambitious and sure to be amazing footage to be produced by this intrepid film crew over the next couple of years!

Climbing above the Pioneer Yurt to the Peanut

Climbing above the Pioneer Yurt to the Peanut

Getting ready for a movie night at the Pioneer Yurt

Getting ready for a movie night at the Pioneer Yurt

Entering into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods

Entering into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods

Duncan's Basin

Duncan’s Basin

Alpine glow on Cobb

Alpine glow on Cobb

the Team

the Team

Stoked after carving turns on the wind buff

Stoked after carving turns on the wind buff

finding soft-ish snow in the Hyndman basin

finding soft-ish snow in the Hyndman basin

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What a place to learn to ski!

What a place to learn to ski!

and phenomenal light

and phenomenal light

Spindrift and sunset= mountain magic

Spindrift and sunset= mountain magic

ahh, freedom of the hills!

ahh, freedom of the hills!

Climbing toward high camp

Climbing toward high camp

squeezing the last light out of each day with a ski

squeezing the last light out of each day with a ski

The snow kitchen  at high camp

The snow kitchen at high camp

High camp beneath among the giants

High camp beneath among the giants

High camp 2

High camp 2

climbing on Hyndman Peak

climbing on Hyndman Peak

The Team high in the mountains!

The Team high in the mountains!

Jan 172014
 

Pato, Francie and JP caught up with some of the Sirens and Bros this week to explore some of the goods to be found high on Galena Summit north of Ketchum. Recent snowfall and cold overnight temperature have kept shady slopes soft and deep above 8500′. Our guest could not have asked for more as the sun warmed our faces and the powder soothed our souls! It was all smiles as we linked ridge after ridge on both of these classic Sun Valley Trekking ski tours. To book a trip with one of our expert ski guides, give us a call, and we’ll help you drop in proud!

 

Know before you go! The Bros all get on the same page with Patrick with a quick orientation before striking out for the day.

Know before you go! The Bros all get on the same page with Patrick with a quick orientation before striking out for the day.

 

Wolf is all smiles after making beautiful turns

Wolf is all smiles after making beautiful turns

 

Looking good and making turns!

Looking good and making turns!

 

Stoked to be heading back up for more powder!

Stoked to be heading back up for more powder!

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Divas trekking to find a some great lines.

 

Up they go, making laps on a gorgeous Sun Valley day!

Up they go, making laps on a gorgeous Sun Valley day!

JP guiding the group into some great terrain for fun turns.

JP guiding the group into some great terrain for fun turns.

 

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Well deserved beverages and good company

Well deserved beverages and good company

 

Jan 052014
 

SVT guides Joe St.Onge and Chris Marshall went for a recon tour above the Boulder Yurts today to check conditions for future tours. Good ski conditions were found above 9000′ and some stability issues including: new wind slabs (30cm deep) which were producing easy failures and planar shears in isolated areas as well as triggering a fairly large loose snow/sluff avalanche in the deep facets in steep terrain. Have fun and heads up out there!

Yes!

Yes!

Boulder Mountains

Boulder Mountains

Skinning Light

Skinning Light

Alpine Smokies

Alpine Smokies

Skis pretty good!

Skis pretty good!

Fall-line facets

Fall-line facets

Skiing among the ancient White Barks

Skiing among the ancient White Barks

D2 avalanche triggered in the full depth facets, ran fast.

D2 avalanche triggered in the full depth facets, ran fast.

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Chasing shadows

Chasing shadows