Heading into the Eagle Cap Wilderness, adventurers trek in cross-country skis for three miles to the Norway Base Camp, home for the next four days.
Each day, before skiers embark on downhill adventures, they check locator beacons and learn about mountain wilderness safety
Skiers earn their keep by chopping wood, which is used to warm the yurt and keep the wood-burning sauna nice and hot.
Examining a map of the Wallowa Mountains, skiers sketch out their downhill adventure for the day.
At Norway camp, the cozy double-decker yurt sleeps ten in the upstairs loft. The kitchen and gathering area is located on the base floor.
Skiers cut new tracks on wide-open ski bowls, old-growth glades and soaring peaks in the Wallowa Mountains.

With skis and beacons, we follow the crew at Wallowa Alpine Huts into the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon. Camped in a luxury yurt at Norway Base, we start our days learning mountain snow skills and spend the afternoons skiing through the trees and unmarked powder slopes, exploring the serene, jagged cliffs of the Wallowa Mountains. At night we refuel with a hearty dinner and soak our weary muscles in the wood-fired sauna, knowing the night’s snowfall will bring new snowpack for tomorrow’s adventures.

about author John Waller

A native Oregonian, John Waller has dedicated his life to exploring and discovering the natural beauty that the world has to offer. The founder of Uncage the Soul Productions, John has spent more than two decades producing and directing films, from commercial shorts to award-winning adventure documentaries. If he’s not behind the camera or in front of the editing screen, he can be found exploring the Oregon backcountry, summiting a local peak or planning the next globetrotting adventure.

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