All hail Valhalla!

Finally above the fog

Finally above the fog

We finally won the weather battle yesterday. No fog, snow or wind – instead we got blue skies and cold temps – just what the doctor ordered. This meant we could go exploring – and like the Norse gods of old we headed to Valhalla.

First stop on the Valhalla tour

First stop on the Valhalla tour

Patric Maloney, the owner of Snowwater has a saying – A day in Valhalla, a customer for life. Today we got to find out if this claim was true. The Vahalla range is one of three in Snowwater’s tenure and a little bit of a haul to get to but it very quickly became apparent that it was well worth the effort. The scenery alone was quite spectacular – massive granite peaks towering over beautiful valleys filled with old growth trees. But we weren’t really there to sightsee, we were itching for some big mountain skiing after days of fighting the weather around the lodge and Valhalla definitely delivered.

Keith airing it out

Keith airing it out

When people think of heliskiing they often see a picture of perfectly spaced parallel tracks down wide open glaciers. While that has its’ allure it’s not why we go to British Columbia. We go for the natural terrain park that nature provides us. Big rocks and cliffs, pillows and mushroom caps, nicely spaced old growth trees – you name it, they’ve got it.

Love those old growth trees

Love those old growth trees

It was one of those days that makes all the time I spend chasing powder worthwhile. Run after run of steep varied terrain with unlimited opportunities for airtime. The guides call them “gigglers” because as you reach the bottom of the run you’re as giddy as a kid at your own birthday party. For one day at least we were all in heli heaven.


3 Responses to “All hail Valhalla!”

  • Stairway to Heaven Says:

    Jeez, haven’t seen you this pumped since the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl or that night at Billy Borelli’s. I’m giddy just reading this post and that’s without the nitrous. Meanwhile, you need to get someone to take a picture of you airing it out, much like we did in the attic.

    Here today, gone Vahalla.

  • geoffrey gilbert Says:

    I’m glad you were in “heli heaven” yesterday because Cowboy and Charger fans certainly weren’t. I also love the big rocks, cliffs and mushroom caps, especially when I’m making beef stroganoff. Yesterday was one of those days that Uncle Leonard would say makes all the time spent being a Jet’s fan worthwhile.

  • bgilbert Says:

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