Diehard's Dream

Norway Basin Camp, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon

Jan 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
The Wallowa Mountains of Oregon

The Wallowa Mountains of Oregon    Photo: Wikimedia

Winter Lodge Smackdown

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A good backcountry-ski camp should have steep topography, great snow, and easily accessible runs. And the camp itself should not be easy to reach. Exhibit A: This new, plush double-decker yurt in eastern Oregon's Wallowas. With ultralight snow on their glacially sculpted peaks, the Wallowas resemble the Rockies—except without the crowds. From Boise, Idaho, it's a three-hour drive to the one-horse town of Halfway, Oregon. From there, a snowmobile shuttles alpine and tele aficionados seven miles up an unplowed road, then guests skin 1.5 miles to the yurt. Those with adequate quads are rewarded with trackless powder and, at the end of each day, a wood-fueled sauna. Plus a staff chef whips up dinner (think wild salmon and Dutch-oven brownies) that's lip-smacking—and not only because you just burned 4,000 calories. Four days, all-inclusive, $625; wallowahuts.com

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