Here are some photos and videos from our trip to Hilda Hut, in the Valkyr Range of the Selkirks.


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Once again (for the 7th straight year), I've had the pleasure of joining my friends from Portland for a
terrific ski touring trip. This year we elected to try a new hut, called the Hilda Hut, in the Valkyr Range
of the Selkirks. We stage from Burton (south of Nakusp) and here are Dicky and Alex getting their gear ready.


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After a short flight on an Astar helicopter, we were up at the Hilda Hut, at ~1920m elevation.


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The hut owner, Martin, built this hut himself using the wood in the area. It's a beautiful timber-frame construction
on three floors with a nice wide deck for enjoying the views.


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Here's the settled snow depth when we arrived - 195 cm. It was up to 210 cm when we left, but we probably received
over 60 cm during the week, so that tells you how low density it was.


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This is the first lodge I've been to that had a hot tub! You can see it made of cedar on the deck, and it uses
a submersible wood stove to keep heat. Pretty high end! The hut also has hot/cold running water, showers whenever
you want one, power for charging, and some satellite internet access!


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Oh, and here's the sauna. Seriously! I would argue that this lodge is the nicest lodge I've ever used in the
backcountry. The kicker is that Martin is considering building more and adding onto this establishment.
Anyone who has never been out to one of these helicopter-accessed lodges needs to consider the Hilda Hut.


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One of the fittest humans I know - Alex on the uptrack with snow coming down.


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Our friend Rick from Vancouver also joined the trip this year. Here he is at the heli-pad, getting ready for
our day.


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Here's my friend Dave starting the climb up towards an area called the Battleground.


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Dave and I were the first to venture into the hot tub. The wall to Dave's right is where the stove resides.
The temperature of the tub was ~40-42 deg C. Pretty terrific if you ask me!


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A new addition to our crew this year was Alessandro from Baltimore (originally from Italy). Here he is
at a skin transition with Dan in the background.


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Here's a slope called the Norns.


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A spot on the lower lake.


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Here's Luisa (Alessandro's wife) on the uptrack with an idea of how much snow accumulation in front of her.
This is a downed log during the summer.


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Here's Alex with his super-light helmet.

A short video of the uptrack with Alessandro



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We had the pleasure of skiing down into some gorgeous cedars, which is pretty surprising given the
elevation (around 1500m). This is definitely an old growth forest.


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Here is our friend Mike after taking a header into the snow. Mike is a terrific tele-skier, and he rarely
crashes, so this was noteworthy for that reason.


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From our lowest elevation, we followed the Burton Creek up to its headwaters in this drainage.


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Here's Dave making his way into an area called the Broom.


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I thought this upper valley looked pretty terrific for skiing when avalanche conditions are a bit more stable.
Look at the two couloirs off the left peak. Someday.


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This is an older cut block that has been replanted. I think Martin likely replanted this.


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Here's our friend Dicky, back after a break from our trips. We're glad to see he's healthy again.


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Here's Dave at the top of our first run down the Broom. Thanks to Tim (on the right) for putting down
a nice uptrack in reasonably heavy and deep snow.


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Here's Tim at the top of Windy Peak, just about to take another lap into the Broom.


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Another shot of Dave, this time at the bottom of our run.


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Our new friend Ryan (friend of Ken) joined the trip this year. Here he is in the small Christmas tree zone.


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This is Chris climbing back up into the cedar stand. This is pretty atypical for this elevation and this area.


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Here's a shot of Chris and Dan going across a log in the uptrack.


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Chris thought this huge cedar was noteworthy - as did I!


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Before you think it snowed the whole time (just most of the time), here's a shot of the McBride
bowl above the lodge. This upper alpine area had a few natural slides in it. At some point in the
future, we'll get a chance to ski this bowl.


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This is looking back towards Mt Hilda to the west and southwest of the lodge.


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Here's Dave with his new DPS skis, which he loves, along with Luis enjoying some sunshine.


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This might be the only shot I got of myself on this trip. Check out the mean beard and I really love
my new Venta SV soft shell. It breathes really well, but also blocks a lot of weather and wind.


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Here are Alessandro and Luisa on a kickturn of our uptrack with a nice view behind them.


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Here's Rick with a view to Mt Hilda. It's a nice-looking peak!


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Here's our new friend Alessandro with a really nice view above him.


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Alessandro climbing up into the alpine.


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This is Chris looking back across a run called the Battleground.


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This is Dave looking down into the Valkalla zone.


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We took a walk across the Gaewat Ridge and here is Luisa joining the walk.


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This is Alessandro framed by some big trees.

Video of a look around the Gateway Ridge



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The ridge that we're on looked down into the Valkalla zone, which looked to offer some REALLY nice skiing. Next time
maybe the avalanche conditions will be a bit more settled.


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This ridge kind of reminded me of skiing CPR Ridge at Kicking Horse. Nice exposure to both sides for sure.


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I think this looks cool.


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This narrow coulour drops through here (about 8 feet across) and finishes with about a 60 foot kicker.
Rowley, any interest?


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We did a few laps in the trees on the West Face here and then made our way home.


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Here is Luisa with a really pretty ski that I thought my wife might like. Natalia, this is the G3 Viva.


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I tried out Alessandro's GoPro camera. Here are Dave and I after returning from our last full day
of skiing.


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The sun poked out onto the ridge across from us and lit it up with alpenglow.


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Here's a look at the Norns on the helicopter ride out.


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Another shot of the Norns. The whole area is named using Norse mythology which made it pretty fun.
The next area to explore when we're here next is the Ullr zone!


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On the way back to Calgary, we took the ferry to Revelstoke. Here are Luisa and I enjoying some sunshine.

Updated with some videos from Luisa and Alessandro's GoPro camera


My first attempt at video editing:


Luisa skiing:


Heli bump from the lake:
View around Gateway Ridge:


Walking on Gateway Ridge:


Tree skiing 1:


Tree skiing 2:


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