Mega Volcanoes


After a heavy and snowy December, conditions stacked up in our favor, and a trip to the inside of the developing Volcano was in order.

Through some Craigslist binging, many a locals favorite long-haired gypsy bar tender Todd McViney stumbled upon an interesting opportunity to be a care taker for a nearly abandoned cabin.  Through some conversations and agreements with the owners, Todd was able to gain access to the cabin and become the caretaker for the property.

Over the course of the summer with help from a few friends, and family, Todd refurbished areas of the cabin, split a bunch of firewood, set up hanging BB gun targets, and brought the cabin back to life from it’s slightly dilapidated state.  After a good clip in on the sleds, a narrow snowmobile track leads you to the fire engine red cabin nestled about 200 yards from a lake.  Winter time takes the cabin back a few decades to a more primal state with no running water and an outhouse with a view, but all the other amenities abound, electricity, wood burning stove, couches, bed, and whiskey.

We were slated for a two night three day adventure out in the heart of it all, so supplies needed are portaged via sleds including food, water, beer, dog, gasoline, and shred gear.

Having the luxury of being so close to our shred zones we were able to make some decisions and mold what we wanted our shredding to be each day.  With a larger group of six on our first day, we rallied straight to the top of the peak, and chose a safe route to get a basis for snowpack stability / shredability.  Snow was safe, so shredding was a go, and we got some good turns.  Post shredding activities commenced upon arrival to the our abode, beer drinking, fire making, fireworks, meal making, and BB gun challenges, all the standard activities old dudes in the woods might be found partaking in.

A hazy morning and a few inches of fresh snow greeted us as we started our next days planning and adventures.  While making sweet sweet soul turns in the POW really can’t be beat, one of my personal goals this year has been to build a few jumps every-time I’m out in the backcountry.   Todd had scoped an area earlier that he thought would be a pretty good setup for a kicker.

At the edge of the lake and a quarter mile from the cabin a 100 yard landslide created a nice landing area for a kicker, and the crown from which it had slid created our shelf to build our little kicker.  After the short steep slog up the slide area, we found our setup was a little wild with some tight trees in the in-run, a dead snag to jump over a big tree on our right, and one to jump over, and a decent pole jam snag right in the middle of the landing.  Semi – technical, but good enough to  spend twenty minutes of digging for three or four hits each.  We got a few good hits each and both Todd and I nearly cratered ourselves on that damn snag in the middle of the landing, our work there was done.

With the new snow, and plenty of daylight from our early start, we missioned to the top for a couple laps.  While there was only three – four inches of fresh snow overnight, the wind had blown in areas on the peak around six – eight inches deep.  We did a little avy control where we left off the day before, and decided, it was a go, and dropped a couple chutes.  Fully stoked, it was back to the cabin for Apres.

A huge thanks goes out to Todd for getting this all lined up, and having us all down there.



Dave Reuss

About Dave Reuss

They say you can take the kid out of Cottonwood, but ya can't take the Cottonwood outta the kid, which has led this small town time traveler in search of landscapes to ride far and near. Trail rider, snow smasher, roofer, undercover nerd, it's a mixed bag of good times.