|The crew: Corky, Paul, me, Erin|
With amazing luck, our fly-day was sunny . . . so I flew with Jake in the Beaver over to the Tordrillo mountain lodge and then out to scope our runway in the SuperCub . . . it was good to be back in a bush plane again, and I loved scouting the area!!
|looks like there might be some ski terrain here . . .|
|Jake the pilot, and the super cub|
|The beaver landing with the crew|
|home sweet home!|
Next day dawned blue, so we took off in search of good snow - we headed up toward Mt. Gerdine and a peak which looked pretty climbable from below . . . long slog, super deep and steep trailbreaking, and HOT HOT HOT temps/sun reflection, but we made the high point we'd been gunning for and were greeted with a stunning run to start out with! We'd all intended to start out on mellower terrain, but we'd had good pit results, no indication of instability on the climb, and were able to start mellow and ramp up as our run went . . . so we gave it a shot . . . we ended up skiing "the shoulder of awesome" that we'd all eyed from camp that morning - we were stoked!!
|Heading up glacier, roped for our first day as we got the lay of the land|
|Steep and deep trailbreaking, compliments of Paul|
|Erin coming up the ridge|
|I couldn't decide if I love or hate that views like these have become "normal" in my life . . . it was stunning!!!|
|Erin making it look easy :-)|
|Me, loving the blower powder we'd found - wasn't expecting that!|
Day 2 we decided to check out a nearby cirque I'd drooled over on the scouting flight . . . another day of amazing snow in super fun terrain - by the time we were done, there were 8 lines down it and not much remaining untracked real estate - another amazing day under blue skies with more stable snow! We named this the "bowl of delight" . . . for obvious reasons!
Looks like more good snow!
|Corky creating a superhighway . . . our playground above :-)|
|Me, Erin, and Paul|
|Erin and Corky at the top of the line - our mountain from the day before in the background|
|Paul and I at the top of run #1|
|Our work here is done . . . super fun, super festive skiing in amazing snow - we win again!!|
We also had some nice mellow time at camp, kinda waiting for weather to settle so we'd know which way to travel . . . but we had such a nice space to enjoy it from, and likely all needed a bit of "vacation" on our vacation, so it was awesome!
Our third day was a "storm" day, but since it wasn't really accumulating, Paul and I decided to head out with Max/Sacha/Joaquin in search of a couloir they'd seen on their previous day exploring . . . so off we went into the abyss!
|I clearly think storm skiing is funny . . . ;-)|
|Off into the abyss . . . hope this one works out!|
|Sacha showing us the way it's done . . . kind of like Christmas Chute on a storm day, but longer, further away, and a little different :-)|
|Looks like we might get a good day after all . . .|
|Erin and Paul headed up glacier|
|Paul enjoying himself :-)|
|Corky with a little slice of paradise above him . . .|
|Paul ripping . . .|
|Me hidden in the powder cloud :-)|
|Me and Paul . . . going up up up|
|Corky and more horrible views . . .|
|Ready for run #1|
|Paul ripping the line Corky had eyed|
|Chilling out before leaving the sun back to our shady camp . . . the Lotus 120's slay it again! Love these skis :-)|
So, with 5 days of great skiing, and zero down days, we didn't have much to complain about. I was pretty impressed with the terrain, the snow quality, and the location overall. Many thanks to Sportsman's Air for the safe transport!!!