Valkyr Adventures Winter Vacation Options
HUT2HUT TRAVERSE – APRIL 2 – 9, 2017
If you are looking for an enhanced ski touring vacation check out our Traverse of the Valkyrs! The trip starts at Hilda Hut where you will ski for the first half of the week. Mid-week the group will ski to Valkyr Lodge to finish off the week. Your gear and staff will be flown by helicopter to Valkyr Lodge so you only have to carry your day pack.
Here are travel notes written by Valkyr guide Tim Styles:
Valkyr Range: Hilda Hut – Valkyr Lodge Traverse
Traverse day will start early after a hearty home cooked breakfast in the comfort of the well-appointed Hilda Hut. Participants may find it takes a short time to shake off the physical effect of the previous days of steep skiing in the Hilda terrain as they don their day packs to begin the first climb from the hut to Gateway Col, located on the east ridge of Mt. McBride. Later in the morning a helicopter will arrive at Hilda Hut to transfer the bulk of their baggage ahead thru the Valkyr Range to the day’s end destination – Valkyr Lodge on Naumulten Mountain.
Gentle to moderate climbing from Hilda Hut (1920 m) with spectacular views of the Valhalla range to the east and Mt. Hilda, Mt. Shardelow and Mt. Lequereux to the south deposit us at Gateway Col (2280m) after approximately an hour and a half.
Stripping the climbing skins we prepare for the decent into the Valkalla Zone via “The Pearly Gates”. Skiing a beautiful north facing alpine bowl flanked by the towering ramparts of Mt. McBride to the west drops us smoothly into the flats of the upper Valkalla zone at about 2020 m. A short contour thru open glades leads into the next climb of the day, as a series of seemingly tailor made benches winds us upwards to the Mt. McBride/Mt. Rollins col at 2330 m in about one hour of skinning.
The crux of the route presents itself at the col, and a short sideslip or bootpack down a steeper west facing slope is necessary to gain access to the large alpine bowl between Mt. McBride and Mt. Rollins. We continue our descent on the open slopes of “The Ringbearer” to about 2050 m, where skins are again donned as we transition to climbing mode for the hour long ascent of the “The Bride” to reach Sundog Pass at 2300 m.
Another deluxe north facing slope is waiting for our tracks, and the cold powder of “Heart Bowl” is soon behind us and we take a well-deserved break at 2100 m to re-energize for the last climb of the day. Contouring through the open forest leads us further north to gain the alpine slopes of Naumulten Mountain. A gentle ascent up “The Prow” for an hour and a half brings us to the high point of the day, as we reach “The Heart Bypass” at 2400 m and soak up 360 degree views, including our first look at Valkyr Lodge in the western cirque of Naumulten Mountain.
Linking the short powder slopes and treed benches of “The Sunset Runs” in the afternoon light deposits us at the door of Valkyr Lodge (2208 m), where our welcoming hosts have hot soup, cold drinks and a hot sauna waiting to revive tired skiers.
The traverse has taken about eight hours at a reasonable pace, with 1250 m of climbing and total travel distance of 14 km from Hilda Hut to Valkyr Lodge.
The trip includes full accommodation and catering at both Valkyr lodges, helicopter transport between staging and lodges and 2 ACMG guides
Cost of trip: $2,700 plus tax
Anytime Winter Vacation Extras: (Rates provided on request)
- Helicopter drop to remote runs and peaks in southern range, traverse back to lodge
- Instructional weeks – backcountry ski techniques, avalanche courses and Accreditation
- Preorder your choice of beer on tap
- Massage Therapist for the week
Group Organizer Discounts
We Offer Discounts to:
- Hiking clubs
- Ski groups
- Large families
- Professional groups
Any Groups of 12 who book together for a trip to Hilda Hut or Valkyr Lodge qualify for the discount.
The group organizer is responsible for all matters concerning trip logistics such as: waivers, finances, contact information of all participants, etc.
Please contact us for more details.
All activities take place in uncontrolled mountain terrain. Appropriate gear is required. Activities or routes are subject to change due to extreme weather. All participants will be required to sign a release of liability, waiver of claims, and assumption of risks and indemnity agreement prior to undertaking any activity.