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I received a call from Joe Cutts, editor of Ski Magazine, in February, wondering if I had time to join him and two friends for a week of skiing in the American and Canadian Rockies. Joe and I have been friends for 20 years and though I have skied in his home state of Vermont, we have never been able to arrange a time to ski together out west. He needed to put together a ‘powder package’ for the magazine and thought that a ‘boys trip’ could also make an interesting story.  “I’m in!”, I responded before the email even cooled in front of my eyes. Naturally, I began to check the forecast for snow every day. I love to ski and I had never been to Schweitzer, Red Mountain and Whitewater ski resorts.

We landed in Spokane and drove through the towering mountains and rain forest forests of Idaho to Schweizter Mountain Resort, in Sand Point, Idaho. Book Your Family Ski Resort Vacation to Schweitzer Mountain – Idaho  Schweitzer has 3000 acres and 2400′ of vertical drop but what stood out was the hospitality and the unbelievable views of Lake Pend Oreille. 

We skied two days here, and the highlight was a half day of Cat skiing with Selkirk Powder Skiing. Back country access to untracked powder skiing is the mecca of ski bums and we were not denied. We were treated to a wonderful day and fantastic snow. Check out our video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FGr4r-VoAM&feature=share It doesn’t get any better than this! Thank you, Schweitzer Mountain and Selkirk Powder Company!

We then went into Canada to visit Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C. for two days of skiing the mountain and the back country with Big Red Cats. Red Mountain is huge,steep and and gorgeous. With a vertical drop of 2900 feet and 1700 acres Red Mountain Resort is compact and impressive. The double black diamond runs take your breath away while the quick lift service and no lines keeps you skiing all day long. Day one had us joining Big Red Cats for a day in the their 19,000+ acres of back country for another day of cat skiing. It was unbelievable. So much terrain. So much snow. We even had a half day of sunny skies after the night of snowfall. It was epic.

Our final destination was the town of Nelson,B.C. and  Whitewater Ski Resort. Whitewater Ski Resort Whitewater is old school. Big mountain, lodge at the foot of the hill and the best scenery of the trip.

The skiing? Fantastic. Whitewater has just recently expanded into what was their back country. They have 1200 acres, 2044 vertical feet and 40 feet of snow each year. Its a treasure. They also have the best breakfast of any ski lodge I have ever eaten at.

The week was over after  six days of great skiing, ever-laughing companionship, and a feast for our eyes and palates.  I was sorry to go but I know I will be back. Powder Alley is what skiing is all about!

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