May 01, 2012

Heli Assisted Ski Touring in the Bugaboos Part Two


Half the binding, half the brain. Tele turns above Malloy. Kobi Wyss Photo.

After a tough bit of touring in the Bugs, we're into our final week of heli-skiing for the year. It's hard to believe that another season is almost over and I can't help but wonder if time actually does move faster with every passing minute? 

Spring came in hot this year and the warm temps have been making it challenging to find good skiing. But we  are finally in to a good corn cycle with cool overnight lows and consistent daytime warming. We haven't quite hit the magic corn recipe of 10 days X 10 below (pm) X 10 above (am) - but it's coming along.

I don't have any photos from today, which is too bad because it was one of those perfect spring days where we could have, and did, ski some of the steepest runs in the tenure. And we did it for 9000 meters.  If it stays like this, we might even be skiing the Anniversary Chute before the season ends. Fingers crossed!


Touring up Wildcat.


Climbing below the Kissing Dogs in the Malloy area.


Crossing over from Pernicular to Wildcat.


Crossing Cobalt Lake with Bugaboo Spire in the background.


Another perspective of the big windscoop guarding the sneak into Wildcat.


A good view of the ski line off the summit of Northpost.



Crossing the Eastpost - Crescent col.

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