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Rafting + backcountry skiing combo trip?

Hey Y'all,

My buddy and I have dreamed up this wild idea: We want to try to combine a multi-day winter river trip with some riverside backcountry skiing. So, we are trying to find a river somewhere in the west that is at an elevation with significant winter time snowfall, has access points that will be accessible during the winter months, has flows that will be runnable in the winter, and has potentially skiable mountains rising up from the river at some point along the run. Our experience with rivers is exclusively in Oregon (Rogue, Deschutes etc.) which do not get significant winter snowfall and so I am reaching out to all of you and your wealth of knowledge to see if anyone has any ideas for sections of river that might be able to facilitate our crazy idea. Thanks in advance!

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Search AW for a write up on the same trip. Not sure if it is the exact same article or not.

Seems to me you'd be better off day tripping both sports in similar areas. Idaho or maybe BC? I know there is good skiing in the headwaters above Stanley. Ski for a few days then do an early Marsh to MFS float.

I've thought it's be cool to find a big river valley with steep side creeks to do multi day float with creeks to run along the route. Interestingly enough the MFS is a drainage that provides this feature, though the side creeks are not overly steep.

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Upper nenana river. It's got what you need!
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Upper-upper nenana has the skiing. Continue through the canyon for the white water.
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I'm thinking Montana, one of the Flathead forks. Probably the Middle, but maybe any of them in the spring-ish time...

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