Feb 202016

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.

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Family stoke!

“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

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Leaving the hut for a powder day!

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Chris gets a break as Andersen takes to trail breaking up front.

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Pure powder stoke

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Karsten finding some soft snow in the north bowl of Tornak

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Carving turns in fresh pow

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Paul farming away

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To the cumbre!

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Climbing the exposed West couloir of Tornak Peak

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Andersen ripping pow down Easley Face with an overnight pack

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So nice to see winter return to Central Idaho!

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Mara laying down some nice cuts

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Obligatory pole whack to clear the cornice off Tornak Peak

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Karsten leading the charge on Group Therapy

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And he’s off!

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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.

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Knee deep!

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Karsten in Moonlight Bowl

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Andersen arcing in Moonlight Bowl

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On the way up to the Mighty Tornak Peak

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Karsten charging

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Plenty of freshies to go around

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Group Therapy living up to its name

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Family Fun!

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Karsten shows perfect form

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Andersen throwing down some spray

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Karsten taking a moment to savior the experience

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Awesome spooned tracks coming down Easley Face to end the trip


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  2 Responses to “The Next Generation of Backcountry Skiers at Tornak Hut”

  1. What an amazing trip! Thank you to Chris, Chris, and Francie for making this happen! We all loved it and are ready for more!

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