The Rendi family, Paul, Mara, Andersen (8), and Karsten (12) came east from Washington for a backcountry adventure at Tornak Hut with guide Chris Marshall and intern Chris Cullaz. Andersen and Karsten slayed it, touring for the first time and ripping turns around Moonlight Basin and off the Mighty Tornak Peak. Ullr must have been pleased as 6″ of Idaho powder fell overnight on the 2nd night! Good times were had by all, and between the powder turns, playing dice in the warm hut, digging tunnels in the snow, and the Mighty Tornak Peak twice, there were plenty of smiles to go around.
“These are the moments we live for as guides; watching the stoke blossom in a younger generation, for something that is such a big part of who i am, was incredibly special to me. I was constantly inspired watching these boys try something hard for the first time, push through the challenges, and and let the smiles on their face show their stoke!” – guide Chris Marshall
Leaving the hut for a powder day!
Chris gets a break as Andersen takes to trail breaking up front.
Pure powder stoke
Karsten finding some soft snow in the north bowl of Tornak
Carving turns in fresh pow
Paul farming away
To the cumbre!
Climbing the exposed West couloir of Tornak Peak
Andersen ripping pow down Easley Face with an overnight pack
So nice to see winter return to Central Idaho!
Mara laying down some nice cuts
Obligatory pole whack to clear the cornice off Tornak Peak
Karsten leading the charge on Group Therapy
And he’s off!
Afternoon adult session: touring out of the basin after scoring a 1000′ line in the best snow of the trip off the Mighty Tornak Peak.
Karsten in Moonlight Bowl
Andersen arcing in Moonlight Bowl
On the way up to the Mighty Tornak Peak
Plenty of freshies to go around
Group Therapy living up to its name
Karsten shows perfect form
Andersen throwing down some spray
Karsten taking a moment to savior the experience
Awesome spooned tracks coming down Easley Face to end the trip