New Year, New ACL, New (old) Problems and New Snow!
Its a new season at Valhalla Mountain Touring — with a new ACL, a new snowpack and problems that are new to me.
Every day of this backcountry life brings about new challenges to overcome and things to learn. Nothing comes easy in the backcountry, whether it’s earning your turns or learning how to thaw out frozen pipes deep in the mountains. Luckily we have a family business, where we get to battle the problems and shred the big lines together. It would be impossible to to measure how difficult this business would be without the family. With all of that in mind, the last three weeks have been full of hard work, elation and total contentment.
It’s an awesome life we get to live and share with our guests, who become our extended family. So far the new season snows have been deep and light, with a solid snowpack and good stability, letting us share in some 5-star ski days with everyone who has been here.
Let’s keep the good times rolling!
Evan Stevens, lead guide at Valhalla Mountain Touring, was born and raised in a suburb of New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Geography, Evan moved west to begin an avalanche forecasting career in Utah. After discovering Selkirk powder Evan left backcountry avalanche forecasting for the Utah Avalanche center and now guides full time with his IFMGA Full Mountain Guide certification, and membership with the ACMG and the AMGA.