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