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By Kate Siber; Photograph by Mike Hamman
Mention skiing the Wallowas and the response might
be hushed silences from die-hard skiers or, more likely … crickets. But
therein lies the appeal of this remote, off-the-radar mountain range
rising from the no-man’s-land of eastern Oregon. The Wallowas are
somewhat of an anomaly: Though they’re geographically closer to the
Cascades, they more closely resemble the Rockies with their dry,
superlight snowpack and steep, jagged peaks.
few lifts in sight and the best skiing a morning-long hike from the
nearest road, savvy skiers set up camp in the wilderness to tour the
backcountry for multiple days. Wallowa Alpine Huts, run by a bunch of
entertaining ski bums, offers trips that do just that with the help of
five yurts. Choose the McCully camp for gentle meadows, sparse glades,
easy summits, and a smattering of challenging chutes. Or opt for the
Norway camp for knee-weakening peaks and steeper terrain. Either way,
the experience offers plenty of challenge, but the long hours of
climbing are rewarded with powder that’s light, dry, and often
knee-deep; a wood-fired sauna at the end of the day; and the smug
satisfaction of having the whole place utterly to yourself.
Need to Know: Contact Wallowa Alpine Huts (www.wallowahuts.com)
for trip dates. A guided and catered trip costs $625 for four days or
$725 for five days. Unguided, four-day trips start at $200 per person.
- Nat Geo Expeditions