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Jul 27, 2016
Day-dreaming about winter today, I've never cross-country skied per se but have backcountry experience....anyways a long overnight tour sounds fun.

Anyone have a favorite long distance ski tour? (USA or Canada)

Not looking for a resort, preferably something point to point self-supported but maybe close enough to civilization in case of emergency.


Maybe 3-7 days or 50-200 miles point to point or something?

Catamount Trail in Vermont looked appealing, and I found a few things in CO that looked okay. I would imagine Montana or Idaho also have something that would foot the bill but a quick google isn't heling me out.

Looking forward to hearing some ideas/experiences.
A-K
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 27, 2014
3 points
Jul 27, 2016
JMT is amazing in winter. ChuckSchick
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Mar 17, 2013
3 points
Jul 27, 2016
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The Braun Hut system in Colorado is nice. Also, circumnavigating a Cascade volcano in WA or OR is sweet. If your into a suffer fest check out the Winter Alaska Wilderness Classic.

Happy Skin Track:)
Taylor-B.
From Valdez, AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
3,101 points
Jul 27, 2016
Bonnington Traverse in the Selkirks outside of Nelson, BC would fit the bill. Linnaeus
From New England/ Baltimore
Joined Aug 22, 2011
4 points
Jul 27, 2016
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I'm addicted to hut trips here in CO. I've only visited 4 of them since moving here, but I intend to visit all of them in the next few years. If you wanted a partner for any of these, let me know. I'll be setting up this seasons trips in the next few weeks. As you probably know, there are some great multi-day linkups in our backyard and maybe we could put one of these together.
Jon
climbnowworklater
From Colorado Springs
Joined Sep 23, 2015
15 points
Jul 27, 2016
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The Winds, WY. North to South. About 100 miles.
I have not... G.Lowe has... Seems like it would be an amazing adventure!
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,488 points
Jul 27, 2016
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The great granddaddy of them all would be Vancouver, BC to Skagway, AK: mountainculturegroup.com/most-...

For mere mortals, in CO there's the Trooper Traverse and the Weminuche Traverse. For longer distances you have to go further north. Chic Scott's "Summits and Icefields" has pages and pages of information about traverses in BC, including the Bonnington Traverse mentioned above and the legendary Bugaboos to Rogers Pass traverse.
Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
271 points
Jul 27, 2016
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Trans-Sierra.... Go! BigB
From Red Rock, NV
Joined Feb 18, 2015
311 points
Jul 27, 2016
Sierra High Route? mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Jul 30, 2005
66 points
Jul 28, 2016
Wow thanks for the great responses everyone!

I'll be sifting through all of these today
A-K
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 27, 2014
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Jul 28, 2016
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Lots of this type of thing in Washington. Look at Ptarmigan Traverse and Isolation Traverse. Also check out Lowell Skoog's website for some inspiration and ideas - alpenglow.org/skiing/cascade-c... - he's one of the pioneers of big ski traverses here. Tobin Story
From Woodinville, WA
Joined Feb 9, 2010
41 points
Jul 28, 2016
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Bugaboos to Rogers Pass. I haven't done it, but I've been eyeballing it for years. I can't imagine a more scenic tour.

I'm sure you've already looked at the Wapta Traverse
Brian Abram
From Celo, NC
Joined Oct 17, 2007
418 points
Jul 28, 2016
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Two great ski traverses here in Southcentral AK, the Bomber Traverse and the Eklutna Traverse. A bit shorter than what you mentioned but both are excellent in terms of skiing and adventure. Rob Clark
Joined May 31, 2012
5 points
Jul 28, 2016
Thanks - looking at terrain from most of these I think the mileage I was thinking would be insane. I have actually never heard of any of these with the exception of the Sierras and Colorado traverses. Most of my backcountry experience are one day outings.

I was actually envisioning more of more windswept/flatter/less Avy danger routes where you could cover ground faster, but obviously all of these suggestions are amazing and probably a better trip than what I was thinking. Getting some steep turns in along the is probably better than just trudging along flats.
A-K
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 27, 2014
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Aug 3, 2016
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The third largest fire in the lower 48, the Pioneer fire, currently smoking up Boise, has taken out one yurt, damaged a second, and is in the process of devastating the countryside around this set of six yurts operated by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. This means they are going to lose a heap of summer rentals, but, ironically, winter recreation may be improved for the survivors. If you want to spend some money where it will be badly needed, you might want to look into it. They are part of an extensive park and ski and cross country ski program run on Forest Service land. Idaho City and Lowman are the two little towns nearest this fire. They kept it off of Idaho City (many historic buildings) on the early side, but it's three miles out of Lowman and gaining 10,000 acres a day. Both rely on summer tourism to stay alive, and the highway connecting the two to Boise, each other, and all those campgrounds, trails, fishing, etc. is closed also.

Thanks, by the way, to whatever state sent over their C130's and I assume some guard guys/gals! Whenever they deploy from Boise (too often), they turn right over our house. Always glad to see them, but wish it wasn't necessary.

This is the third significant fire near Boise in less than a month, and the real fire season (when the lightning strikes get ripping) hasn't even kicked in yet. Best wishes to all the rest of you out there. :-( Helen
Old lady H
From Boise, Idaho
Joined Aug 24, 2015
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Aug 15, 2016
A-K wrote:
Thanks - looking at terrain from most of these I think the mileage I was thinking would be insane. I have actually never heard of any of these with the exception of the Sierras and Colorado traverses. Most of my backcountry experience are one day outings. I was actually envisioning more of more windswept/flatter/less Avy danger routes where you could cover ground faster, but obviously all of these suggestions are amazing and probably a better trip than what I was thinking. Getting some steep turns in along the is probably better than just trudging along flats.


Check out the 10th Mountain Hut System; unlike the Braun Huts, and others, there are few avalanche concerns while using the established trails into and between the huts. Huts can be linked for as many days/miles as you want to try, and the scenery is great. The trails are intermediate but can be very long approaches at times; there is no need for heavy AT boots and skis, and in fact the trails can be skied with fairly lightwt nordic equipment; huts are fully equipped, so you only need a sleeping bag and food in addition to day skiing gear. Also, it is only a few easy hours drive from Boulda.
Dave Hurst
From somewhat near Boulder CO
Joined Jun 19, 2010
6 points
Aug 15, 2016
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climbnowworklater wrote:
I'm addicted to hut trips here in CO. I've only visited 4 of them since moving here, but I intend to visit all of them in the next few years. If you wanted a partner for any of these, let me know. I'll be setting up this seasons trips in the next few weeks. As you probably know, there are some great multi-day linkups in our backyard and maybe we could put one of these together. Jon


Holler if you are ever looking for a body to fill a spot at a hut. Splitboarder :o)
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
1,377 points
Aug 27, 2016
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Scott McMahon wrote:
Holler if you are ever looking for a body to fill a spot at a hut. Splitboarder :o)

For sure. Don't mind the "splitty" at all. Skinning is skinning. I've got 4 huts booked already but probably have partners (Polar Star, Janets, Broome, Markley). I'm looking to do the Green-Wilson hut to Taggert hut combo sometime April/May so let me know if you want to discuss further.
climbnowworklater
From Colorado Springs
Joined Sep 23, 2015
15 points
Aug 29, 2016
The High Line Route in the High Uintas of Utah. It a full traverse west to east of the Uintah Range mostly above 10,000 feet.
Shot me text or call if anyone is interested. 503-367-0450 Ben. I'll have a full six months period off starting mid October. Plus I'm down for anything else out there.
Benjamin Thomas
From Salt Lake City
Joined Dec 14, 2012
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