The Pacific Northwest has certainly held out a little late for snow lovers like us Oregonians. A few teases here and there but ultimately low tide conditions, questionable lift operations, and a whole bunch of anxiety generated by friends in deeper places like Mammoth and Colorado.
For the native or long time transplant north westerner you reach a point where (usually) a late winter only signals a long winter. This isn’t always the case, but high spirits help the pre season anticipation. It also helps when Marty Schaffer is constantly sending you updates from Revelstoke where winter seemed to be on time, at least in the higher alpine of the Gold Range, home of our favorite hut on this planet: The Blanket Glacier Chalet.
Marty’s parents acquired this beautiful little “eh” frame in the 1980’s and this is where Marty Spent his life growing up. Surrounded by the titan Monashee mountains The Blanket Glacier Chalet is truly a remote destination, so much so that you might as well be travelling to another planet.
Canadian Powder Guiding aka Capow Guiding is the brainchild of Marty, who might as well be the Canadian winterized version of Mogley from the Jungle Book. The Blanket Chalet serves as one of Capow guidings most well known backcountry hut trips and it’s where Marty stages his yearly guides training for his staff. Enjoy this spread of photos from pre season at The Blanket Glacier!