Monashee Powder Snowcats

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on January 15, 2013 9:58 am

After 10 days and over a 1000 miles driving the snow covered roads along British Columbia’s infamous Powder Highway the crew from the Freeride Chronicles made it back to the homefront with plenty of stories from their Canadian Powder skiing adventure. We’re going to start this 4 part series off from our first stop which was at Monashee Powder Snowcats outside of Cherryville, BC. The Monashees and Selkirk mountain ranges had a December of epic proportion with huge dumps from the Snow God, Ullr. With this type of hype our Freeride Chronicles crew was jonsing to get after it. The crew consisted of Desiree Leipham, Tommy Frey, Devon Dufenhorst, Landon Gardner, Daryl Treadway, Bob Legasa and Videographer Vance Shaw.

 After a seven hour drive from Sandpoint we were met by Monashee Powder owner Tom Morgan and his snowcat which holds 12 guests. After loading all our gear in the cat, I mean a LOT of gear considering Devin has a large bag just for his hair care products it was a short 40 minute ride up to the lodge, which is just enough time to have a couple of cold ones and the celebratory shot of Jaegermeister to kick the adventure into gear. We were greeted at the Monashee lodge by a spectacular sunset under clear, crisp skies. This type of reception made the wait through the night seem endless.

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We obviously did something right as the skies held clear through the night giving us a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Pretty impressive is an understatement. After Transceiver training we loaded up the cat and headed for higher ground where Daryl and Landon scoped for drops off the cliffs and Rocky outcroppings. As soon as that cat door swung open we were on it, nailing powder run after powder run under bluebird skies with the intermittent break to watch Daryl and Landon “send it” off anything with some drop, These Young Guns were in heaven. 

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With the threat of snowfall coming in later that night we charged hard all day because sunny, powder filming opportunities’ don’t come often. 

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 Day 2 we awoke to an overnight accumulation of 8” of fresh snow from Ullr the Snow God and it was still coming down. The 8” coupled with the continual pounding all day made for some magical skiing at Monashee. With visibility somewhat limited to the driving snowfall our Guide Ken Bibby brought us into some steep, nicely spaced trees. Everyone in our group was loving life at Monashee as the Skiing got better and better as the day went on eventually added up to a 15” in 24 hours. Not bad!

Scott Evans getting after it at Monashee Powder Snowcats.

Scott Evans getting after it at Monashee Powder Snowcats.

desIMG_4804 Ken Bibby put us in plenty of fun features and steep, burned out trees on our last day of shooting at Monashee.  Every time I visit Monashee I am in awe of the terrain, the quality of snow and the hospitality. This place is legit whether you’re an intermediate or expert, Tom and Caroyln Morgans team at Monashee Powder Snow Cats knows how to serve it up first rate. If you haven’t been cat skiing before, you need to do it least once in your lifetime. Trust me on this! Make sure you check out Monashee Powder Snowcats online.

Next, we’ll be heading east to Meadow Creek, BC for some DEEP snow.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.