MCCULLY/ BIG SHEEP trips begin in Joseph OR. meet at WhiteHouseCreek. Vacation rentals offer valueable storage and shower on way out of town. Ten minutes out of town trailhead begins with a 1.8-mile snomo bump up followed by a 3.5-mile skin in gaining 1800 ft. to McCully camp. Our guest accomodations consist of two separate sleeping yurts that sleep five and are outfitted with wood stoves, cots, foam pads, and -10 sleeping bags. In addition there is a 18ft Kitchen/Lounging yurt and 10ft sauna yurt. BIG SHEEP trips launch from Salt Creek Summit SnoPark(pass required). We ski up and over WingRidge while gear ($3/lb) is shuttled via snomo around to camp. Other option is to kick and glide canal trail circumnavigating Wing Ridge to camp. Big Sheep has 20ft kitchen yurt, 2 sleep wall tents and sauna wall tent.
NORWAY trips meet at CarsonHouse north of Halfway, OR. At end of plowed road where we begin our six mile(20mins) snomo bump up. From summer trailhead, skin up is 2.5-miles gaining 2000 ft. Norway camp has one 20ft double-decker yurt for sleeping eleven guests upstairs and downstairs serves as kitchen/lounging area. All bedding is provided; -10 sleeping bags/liners, pillows/cases, and foam pads. Sauna and changingroom are connected to downstairs.
PRE-TRIP/RENDEZVOUS: All trips include briefing day one 7:30am to discuss camp approach, snowpack history, and wx forcast. We reccommend you show up to briefing already dressed to ski. Morning of trip start date we'll pass out sleeping bag liners and pillowcases. Upon arrival to yurts we'll do a camp orientation, wilderness discussion, and safety briefing over some hot drinks. Usually there is time the first day for a companion rescue drill and a sunset ski tour right out the backdoor.
IN CAMP on Hosted Trip: On a typical day, morning coffee is ready at 7am followed by a hot breakfast. We pack a lunch for the day out in the basin ascending high peaks and circuiting powder slopes. In the evening your hosts prepare scrumpcious appetizers for happy hour and stoke the sauna. All meals include fresh veggies, fruits, local meats, bakery breads and our famous highcountry deserts. BYOB, TG kegs available by request. Be sure to inform us of your dietary peculiarities. The last day allows for a half day of skiing in the morning. After a hot lunch in camp, a quick schuss out to the trailhead ends our journey.
PHILOSOPHY: To ensure an exceptional visit to our ski camps, all Hosted trips are guided and catered by our staff. While you focus on the turns and relaxation, your hosts take care of camp logistics and formulate the ultimate ski tour based on current conditions. WAH hosts are passionate guides trained in avalanche forecasting, remote emergency care, instruction, as well as being, ardent trailbreakers, natural/cultural history interpreters, wilderness therapists, and gourmet chefs. On the trail, our hosts have intimate knowledge of the terrain and snowpack. They've been skiing up there all winter and got the place wired. Our hosts pride themselves on "serving it up" for the "earn your turn" skier or rider. We look forward to sharing a great ski outing with you!