Freeride Chronicles: Monashee Magic

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on January 18, 2016 2:41 pm

The Freeride Chronicles team had the opportunity to get in three incredible days of cat skiing with Monashee Powder Snowcats January 8-10, 2016. Monashee Powder Snowcats are located deep in the interior of BC and is world renowned for its iconic Monashee Pow. We were greeted with a 20cm reset 48 hours prior to our arrival, making everything velvety smooth.

Brad Albert making it look easy

Brad Albert making it look easy

On this trip we had a couple of young bucks that knew how to slay it. Professional Snowboarder Dash Kamp from Sandpoint, Idaho and Big Mountain Skier Essex Prescott from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho who currently resides in Whistler. Both of the Young Guns grew up together on the slopes of at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Northern Idaho. The rest of the posse consisted of familiar Freeride Chronicles faces with the likes of Desiree Leipham, Brad Albert, Devin Dufenhorst and myself.

Essex Prescott coming out of the 007 Chute

Essex Prescott coming out of the 007 Chute

Power and Grace, Desi attacking the line

Power and Grace, Desi attacking the line

Immediately on the first day our Monashee Guides got us into the goods with some knee-deep freshies on some decent steeps. It didn’t take more than one lap before the young guns were foaming at the mouth, wanting to sending it off the Rocks. Oh, to be young again!

Essex in his element at Monashee

Essex in his element at Monashee

Desiree not to be out done by the young Guns

Desiree not to be out done by the young Guns

We watched as these two childhood friends had this huge playground to themselves to just run wild.
Day One was filled with some snowfall, clouds and even a sun break giving us a better look at another zone, which we would be attacking the next day.

Bob Legasa Dropping in

Bob Legasa Dropping in

On day two everyone was full on charged and ready for more goodness. Our Guide Pete, brought us over to the Burnt Forest for some memorable glade skiing and a few fun rock features for the Young’ens. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Essex "Sending it"

Essex “Sending it”

Day three consistent of plenty of trees skiing under our belts our guides treated us to a chute that hasn’t been skied much over the years, 007 was as cool and sexy as James Bond. The chute was a good 40-45 degrees for several hundred yard, which opened up to an incredible pow laden field below. Dash and Essex made the trek even higher and rode the chute off to our left, which was a good 1000 ft vert descent. We watched from below as the two slayed this dragon. Impressive!

Brad Albert in 007

Brad Albert in 007

Monashee Powder Snowcats serves it up, incredible food, lodging and some of the best damn pow skiing I’ve ever encountered.

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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.


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