Skiing the vast mountains of the Flathead Valley has been a joy! I am amazed every tour when I don't see a single person out there and snow flies up to my chinny chin. We have had a solid snowpack and I have been lucky enough to have the time and partners to explore all that makes this place Amazing!
Last week I rallied with the always psyched to go big, Dan Koestler. I picked Dan up at his place in West Glacier and drove 30 miles or so up route 2 to the town Essex. On the north side of Route 2 is Glacier Park and to the south is the Great Bear WIlderness. We pulled off to the south. A quick unload of the snow machine off the truck, a makeshift ski rack on the side and a cordellete attached to the back for Dan to grab onto and we were off as the sky began to show that it was going to be a rare, gorgeous day in Glacier country.
The trail up to Dickey Creek is always plowed for recreationalists and with a few inches of fluff on top of groomed, we throttled the four miles in 15 minutes and were blown away at where we were already at 7:45 a.m.
|Sleddy, revved for another adventure.|
|Looking back up at our first run of the day. We skied the smaller shoulder of the peak on creamy powder .|
|Dan skinning up towards our second lap on the shoulder of Elk Mountain, not to be mistaken by the Elk mountain across Route 2 in GNP. A shady north facing shot, skiing back into South Dickey Creek|
|On the south side of Elk Mountain is Almeda Lake and Mt Adams. I plan to return and ski this peak. It looks Awesome!!|
|Dan accessing the terrain from the summit of No Name Peak. Great fall line runs drop off both sides of the summit and Marion lake sits 2,000 plus feet to the east and other side of the ridge.|
|Looking back up at the Not Really Canada Chutes. We skied off the summit angling lookers left and then right down the center, fat line back to Sleddy. What amazing terrain up in South Dickey Creek.|