Joe St.Onge and Patrick Graham (with assistant guides Toby Citret and Sam Felch) just returned from 4 days in the Pioneer Mountains. The goal of the trip was to teach the skills and techniques used in ski mountaineering and to apply those skills climbing and skiing the spectacular peaks of the Pioneers. This area holds fanatstic opportunties for ski mountainnering, with big peaks (up to 12,000′), large vertical relief (3,000′+ runs), aesthetic mountain features and a cozy yurt in the middle of it all. While we found good to excellent conditions at the mid elevations, the highest peaks were still holding transitional snow that was good for climbing, but a bit challenging for skiing. Long days, great tours/climbs and lots of learning in a beautiful setting made for a fun trip!
We are just back from a quick and fun two days and one night ski trip into the Pioneer Yurt with a long time local ski group. While the snow conditions were not perfect, pretty tours in the alpine basins surrounding the yurt and the comraderie of yurt life made for a great time!
It’s always great to see the photos folks send to us from their yurt trips, they are always full of smiles, hugs, arms in the air reaching toward the heavens, and the vibe emanating from the images is nothing but pure bliss! Here are a few from a late December guided trip up at the Pioneer Yurt…
The boys at Juan Grande Productions have been renting out our Pioneer Yurt for a few years. Here is a crazy fun video they put together and posted on Youtube:
The annual Pioneer woodcut happened last week in perfect conditions. Snow for 5 days straight, little wind and an awesome team made for an amazing couple of days. Big trees were dropped, big saws were spinning, big muscles moved bigger logs, big powder lines were skied, big fires were lit and BIG FUN was had by all!
In early February, two of our interns went in to the Pioneer Yurt and made an attempt on Cobb Peak. Their story, as written by Dan Schwartz, and a few more images can be seen by clicking here: http://danieljschwartz.net/the-climb/.
The Final Cut from Juan Grande Productions and the old dudes from Utah ROCKING the Pioneers at the Pio Yurt. Enjoy!