Skiing By Canoe
A group of skiers set out to reach a backcountry ski destination in Vermont via a unique mode of transportation: canoe.
Photographer Brian Mohr, his wife, Emily, and ski coach and whitewater paddler Justin Beckwith first set out to ski a hardwood glade that dropped over 1,000 vertical feet to the river.
"I've always wanted to do this," said Justin Beckwith. "It was just great to on the river wearing ski boots!"
Back on the river, the group passed a couple of small villages, spotted plenty of bird life, and kept their distance from the big ice hanging along the shores.
They set their sights on another run looming down river. Although they were just around the corner from their home in Vermont, it felt as though they were much farther afield.
Just before dark, they lucked out by spotting a dry, flat camp on a gravel bar amid a landscape covered in ice and snow. A hot fire, a warm meal and a good nights sleep treated them well after another adventurous day in the mountains.
They packed up camp and floated downstream to a calm and ice-covered eddy, and lined up for the longest run of the trip.
Spilling over 1,200 vertical feet to the river, this hardwood glade turned out to be one of the most memorable runs of the season. Justin took it right to the ice.