April 27, 2014

Bugaboos Heli-Ski Season Comes To An End

Lilla M skiing the Malloy Glacier with the Spires in the background.

It's hard to believe that the 2013/14 heli ski season was much more than a dream. It seems like just yesterday that we were setting up the lodge and getting ready for the first guests. But now it's spring and we closed the lodge for good this morning amidst a heavy snow storm. Five months goes fast when you're living the dream. But then again, time moves quickly whether you want it to or not and all you can really do is hope the ride is friendly. This past winter was good to us in the Bugaboos. We had everything from bomber stability to blinding powder to sustained periods of -30, and we got through it unscathed. Thanks to everyone for the good times and see you next year!

Lilla M digging out a landing.

Pete M poking his stick in to the Wrong Way Glacier.

The NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire as seen from Cobalt Lake.

Captain Morgan flying around in the spires on the final ski day of the season

Woke up to this on the last morning. The skiing would have insane!

The weather was much more civilized at the heli-pad in Spillimacheen.

It's always a time in the kitchen.

Shredding with the staff on the final afternoon. I'm going to miss these colorful critters.

April 25, 2014

Flying Season

500 Miles to Nowhere, The Niviuk Edit from Offshore Odysseys on Vimeo.

A great way to spend the next six minutes! Looking forward to some good flying adventures this summer.

Dylan Taylor photo from a flight we did two summers ago in Chamonix.

April 08, 2014

Spring Skiing In The Bugaboos

Skiing Leo's Line on a fine spring day in the North Frenchman.

It's hard to believe that another heli-ski season is coming to an end. In a few days, I'll head back to the lodge for the final two week shift of the year. Once over, I'll have worked almost sixteen weeks between guiding and training. When I think back to where I was last year at this time, - hobbling around with a walker, living on narcotics, battling nerve-pain and unable to do a single push-up, it's hard to understand how the body healed itself to this point. But I'm glad it did! 

Dani L skiing in Rory Creek with the Howsers in the background.

The Panda and the Unicorn.

Dani L amongst the Larch in the home drainage.

Coming in to perfect conditions on Route 66 in the 4 Squatters area.

Looking back towards the Spires from Route 66.