Payette Powder Pigs 

After four years under a commercial study permit, the boys from Payette Powder Guides are now fully licensed, bonded and permitted to show people just how good the backcountry skiing is around the Lick Creek Mountains. Marty Rood and Chuck Rea, co-owners of Payette Powder Guides, are ready to bring visitors to their yurt in the Lick Creek area.

Timing is just right. When BW contacted Rea this week, he was watching snow fall on his porch in McCall. "It's dumping," he said.

Rea and Rood have a wealth of experience working as guides in the area; Rea is a certified avalanche safety instructor, and Rea is the former ski school director at Brundage and a backcountry ski guide for Tamarack resort.

But let's get to the important development: The company's yurt at Lick Creek now has an outhouse with, we're told, one heckuva view.

Check out the Web site at PayettePowderGuides.com for listings and prices on guided ski trips, avalanche safety classes, or to check the availability of the Yurts for private ski trips.

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