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Off-Trail in CB

As most of the front-range received a significant dump of snow (CB was spared), it feels a little like fall here in the Gunnison valley. Cool overnight temps and brisk mornings in the high country and perfect temps for rock climbing down in the Taylor and Black Canyons. For me, most of the summer work in...

Summer OR show Day 1

For once,  my overstated preconceptions (see previous post) were fairly accurate. The OR show is very reminiscent of a petting zoo where most of the animals look the same; 25-40 year old Caucasian males with messenger bags and button-up plaid shirts. To be fair, I fit this stereotype quite nicely.  A convention center larger and more populous than Crested Butte, complete...

Weather hold.

Things are grim around here. I try not to count the days, but it has been over a week since we have last seen the sun here in Valdez. I hate to play ignorant about the weather forecast when asked, but my garbled responses about some kindof highpressureridgebuildingoutblahblah does nothing for anyone. The cat skiing...

Back in Valdez Rejuvenated, the week in review.

After a quick rejuvenating visit back home to Crested Butte, I am back in Valdez and again psyched for the bipolar world of helicopter ski slavery. Back home in CB, a couple of days of lung burning touring reminding me that I have been at sea level without really any uphill travel for over six-weeks. More importantly I...

The Glamorous Life of a Helicopter Ski Guide

I’ve been working up here in Valdez, AK guiding helicopter skiing and ‘living the dream’ since the 1st of February. While I would never venture to say that what I’m doing up here isn’t the experience of a lifetime… I thought I might share a few photos of the bipolar world of helicopter assisted skiing in Alaska. 0630...

More Chugach Powder

The last few days have been legendary here in the Chugach. Constant smiles from both guides and guests and repeatedely hearing people saying that “today was the best skiing of my life”.Now that the weather has cleared and we’ve had a chance to get out and play a little, the snowpack is looking solid. It...

Clearing Skies

The weather finally broke this afternoon and we were able to get out and fly after yet  another torturous stint without flyable weather. It’s late and I’m tired, but I wanted to share my excitement. Tomorrow is my day off, ,but I plan to occupy an empty space in the helicopter or at least try to squeeze in a tour… Today...

Weather Hold and Cat Skiing

Pissing rain in town spells over 100cm++ of new snow at higher elevations… At VHC we’ve been keeping people happy by skiing the deep snow on the snowcat terrain. Rob in the cat…  It’s going to be epic once the skies clear, stay tuned for more…

Alaska Happenings

I have relocated to Valdez, AK for the spring, and I just wanted to update you all on the goings on up here. I am working for Valdez Heli-Camps as a helicopter ski guide and have been up here since February 1st. Life as a Heli Guide is very different than guiding work in the...