Last winter, the Eddie Bauer ski team hit the road and headed north to interior BC’s Powder Highway. Their first BC stop was in the outpost of Nakusp, where Reggie Crist slayed big heli vertical and deep interior snow with Canadian Mountain Holidays at K2’s Rotor Lodge. It was Reggie Crist’s first pilgrimage to the powder mecca of interior BC. So, as winter again reboots, we’re airing the Powder Highway series that originally ran on National Geographic, but adding a behind the scenes angle from Reggie on what made their week in paradise so exceptionally epic. Enjoy. —LYA Editor
Images by Will Wissman, words by Reggie Crist
Reggie’s journal recap from the experience:
The snowy roads twist and wind as we travel through the southeastern corner of British Columbia in our Outside Van, a mini motor home equipped with all the amenities to chase powder for months. Our next stop is Nakusp, a small mining and logging community (pop. 1,569) located on the shores of the Columbia River. According to the local tourist center, “the primary attraction is the hot springs,” however our objective is to experience CMH’s (Canadian Mountain Holidays) newly reconstructed heli-ski base called the K2 Rotor Lodge.
Chasing snow around the globe has been my occupation for over 20 years with a job description that reads more like a travel log. As a member of the US Ski Team (86-96) I was burnt out on Europe so I turned my attention to filming and guiding in remote locations such as Greenland, Nepal, Bhutan, and Alaska but it wasn’t until last winter that I finally got the chance to explore Canada’s Powder Highway.
With 11 different tenures—including notable establishments such as the Bugaboo, Cariboo, and Monashee lodges—CMH is the largest heli-ski company in the world. At CMH, in Nakusp, we arrive to paradise. The majority of the ski terrain is located below treeline which enables flying and skiing on bad weather days. Sunny days are rare along the Powder Highway in midwinter, but we are blessed with two of them during our week stay in Nakusp, including an amazing sunset from the banks of the Columbia River. With the benefits of good stability and our veteran guide Ken France, we accessed rarely skied terrain and racked up a daily average of 20,000 vertical feet, poking into terrain and snow that made the highway miles worth the drive.
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