In 2005, Mark and Sarah Yancey made a leap and purchased the venerable Boulder Hut in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. “I came to the hut,” said Sarah, “I saw it, I loved it, I felt it was a good choice and I didn’t think through the steps in a methodical fashion. It only felt…right.”

The two met on the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol in 1997 and three years later moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, where Mark is a custom home builder. Eleven years ago, when the hut was put up for sale by owner and founder Margie Jamieson, they jumped at the chance to buy it. And today they’ve created just about the coolest family situation you can imagine: while Mark guides backcountry trips out of the hut, Sarah runs the show and home schools their kids, Grace and Alden, who’ve spent every winter there since 2005. It’s a life perfectly summed up by Alden, who says, “What you do inside, I don’t really know.”

Check out the short film, “Powder Raised,” by Three Peaks Media to get a glimpse of a fantastically adventurous upbringing.


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