Out west, it’s the perfect time of year for a multisport RV trip
Skiing untracked backcountry powder in the alpenglow of sunset yields great footage—but it’s not always something pro skier Brody Leven gets to do. “You don’t want to get caught out after dark, especially if you are camping in a tent,” he says. This April, however, Leven and filmmaker Adam Clark got the sunset shots in Utah’s seldom skied La Sal mountains because they slid directly into their RV afterward. “No fumbling in the dark with tent poles, no rummaging in a duffel for a camp stove—we just flicked on the lights, cooked dinner, and then folded out the bed,” says Leven. “It doesn’t get much more simple, or comfortable, than that.”
It was an auspicious start to the trip. Leven and Clark had just notched their first day of a weeklong multisport tour through Utah and Colorado. The pair started their journey in Salt Lake City, where they both live, with skis, bikes, and climbing gear aboard. “Adam had never skied Telluride, neither of us had skied the La Sals, and just a few hours drive between them, there are all these world-class climbing and mountain-biking spots,” says Leven. “It’s the perfect adventure road trip.”
Their first objective was Little Tuk, looming high above the red sandstone canyonlands of Moab, Utah. The pair, who have worked together on many ski media projects, met up with a friend who joined them on their glorious sunset descent off the summit.
The next morning, after a breakfast feast in the RV, they rolled down into Moab and met up with a friend of Clark’s who lives full-time in his own RV with his son and girlfriend. The crew caravaned to the cliffs along Moab’s River Road, slipped on climbing shoes and harnesses, and scaled a few pitches, virtually belaying from their RV’s open doorway. Before long, the couple’s 13-year-old son had convinced them all to return to their previous night’s campsite at a sandstone arch just south of Moab, where they could catch the sunset from inside the arch and partake of a 100-foot rope swing anchored to climbing bolts. “It was terrifying just stepping off the cliff into space,” says Leven. “When I saw it, I said there’s zero chance I do that. In the end, I did it three times.”
Day three found Leven and Clark sampling Moab’s famous singletrack—and finding their groove. The duo has been on a couple of van trips together and are a bit of an odd couple: Leven is tidy and Clark a bit messy. “He does get a bit more organized around me,” says Leven. “Plus he brings a great music collection. That stuff is important when you are sitting 18 inches apart for days on end—that and actually getting outside to do stuff.”
The following day they traded bikes for skis in Telluride, where the pair lucked into a 22-inch snowstorm and skied some beautiful couloirs just outside the resort’s boundary. They rounded out the road trip in Colorado mountain-bike mecca, Fruita, where dozens of miles of buff singletrack have been notched into the desert’s rolling berms. After one last spin around the natural playground, it was time to head back home. “The same road trip is on my calendar for next year,” says Leven. “I’d make it a few days longer, though.”