06 April, 2014

TLH Guiding Season

I will open this post with one image, found below.  When it snows 5cm an hour, starting as fast as a you can flip a switch, you know the skiing is going to be good.... providing you can scrape the ice of the rotor blades before you can go skiing.
(Photo Above:  The whole group pitching in to clean ice of the rotor blades so we can fly!  Credit:  Andrew Doran)
This winter season started on an interesting note.  We had a few challenging days trying to find high quality snow, but were still finding good quality, so began exploring more.  Not just exploring, but adding more fun to the package, and making sure people got the full experience of the mountains.  We decided that if it wasn't going to be the best snow in the world, each descent had to be special.  So, we went ski-mountaineering via helicopter.
(Photo Above:  Guest rapping in, Scott Flavelle ferrying gear for the descent.  Heli-Skiing at it's best!)
So after a day of ski-mountaineering from the helicopter, it started snowing, and lots.  My friend Vince Shuley, who I've skied with lots and who also happens to be a talented photographer and writer in Whistler, showed up for a week with us to shoot photos so we focused on mining only the deepest snow possible.  The snow ended up being so deep, many shots were thrown out due to the skier being completely invisible from the immense amount of blower pow around them.  Can't really complain about those problems.
(Photo Above:  Jeff our ski model mining white gold in the Slim.  Credit:  Vince Shuley)
(Photo Above:  When's it starts to clear, go to the alpine, Chad harvesting.  Credit:  Vince Shuley)
Fast forward to later in the season, and we're dropping into 50 degree lines with hero snow, and skiing perfect 38 degree slopes and dry snow.  Skiing was so good, we parked our photographer's Randy and Andrew across the valley to shoot some great photos from across the valley, while skiing in the Leckie zone.
(Photo Above:  Guiding an amazing line with perfect hero snow in the Leckie.  Photo:  Andrew Doran)
(Photo Above:  Rolling the steep couloirs with the group finally!  Photo:  Andrew Doran)
Finished my last shift Heli-Ski Guiding, but so stoked on a great season, ready for more next year!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post and sick photos. Went to TLH and had the time of my life heliskiing a few years ago. Skiing in insane, the lodge is off the hook, and the van ride to the lodge was pretty crazy, haha. Cheers guys!

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  2. I am a 14 year old skier and seeing things like this post are honestly inspirational. Nothing is better than fresh powder and friends. Seeing this blog really got me thinking about ideas and different things that you have done and how to incorporate them into my own blog, smason18.blogspot.com. The sheer aspect of skiing adventures gives me many ideas. I'd appreciate you checking me out, too. Thanks!

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