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Off the Grid Ski Adventure

NVR Guys

Time to cross another big dream off our (imaginary) travel bucket list! Check it out...

Are you ready for this? We just got back from a backcountry, nordic skiing adventure. And we already want to do it again.

Our journey took us from Seattle, over two mountain passes and, finally, into North Cascades National Park in northern Washington State. At a point where the road becomes ridiculously snowy and unplowed, we parked the rental car, pulled out our gear and headed into the frigid wilderness.

Our destination? A remote cabin deep in the woods. With nothing – nothing – around.

This all took a lot of planning. In addition to our ski equipment, we had to haul everything in – food, sleeping bags and everything we'd need for a few days in a rustic cabin.

After a multi-mile, all uphill ski with our heavy packs, we made it to our temporary alpine home just as the sun was setting. We tore off our equipment and raced inside. After figuring out the propane lighting and warming up a bit, we came back out and snapped this shot.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin – evening

What the cabin lacked in features was easily made up for by its optimal, jaws-on-the-ground setting.

Over the next days, we had what would become one of our top adventures of 2012 and, we're convinced, our lives.

We took this photo the morning after arriving. We learned that our little cabin was perched at the edge of a cliff, overlooking a valley and a mountain range.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin – day

Naturally, we had the conditions for some incredible cross-country skiing.

Washington State North Cascades NP Ski Trail

But after getting all tuckered out (and frozen) skiing, returning to our tiny cabin on the edge was always a highlight.

North Cascades NP Nordic Skiing

The conditions were mercilessly cold, so heat was a huge draw.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin – stove

We spent a lot of time just gawking out the window.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin - view

And peeking out the door to take quick looks around.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin - peeking out

On our final day, we loaded up our packs in preparation for our final ski out.

Backcountry Skiing Cabin – heading out

Despite loads of snow whipping down at the top, we made it safely back down to the trailhead.

Washington State North Cascades NP Skiing

The car that would return us to the grid was encrusted with snow and ice. Chipping and brushing away, we were already talking about a return visit.