Steve being weighed. For the helicopter flights were we only allowed to bring 30 lbs of baggage not included the ski equipment.
Our ride to the Chalet.
After getting settled into the Chalet we went to an area called the soccer field and spent a few hours practicing avalache rescue.
After the avalanche rescue revie, we split into two groups and did a few turned. It was snowing hard and the visibility was poor, but the snow was deep and light. Here we are in the Moon Hill area.
On Sunday morning we awoke to a fresh 10 inches of snow (which had already fallen on a few feet of fresh snow from the couple of previous days). Becuase of snow stability concerns we spent this day playing in the trees below the Chalet.
It snowed all day. There is an incredable amount of snow up here.
The trees looked like they came out of a Dr. Seuss book.
The snow column on top of this tree looked to be around 6 feet tall.
We did six runs this day including Elevator, Excalator, Deep Powder, and Twin Falls. Our guide Alex, broke trail all week.
Cool looking tree.
Everyday the guides would dig a snow pit to check the snow stability.
Almost back to the Chalet after an amazing powder skiing day.
We woke up on Monday to clear skies. The first rays of sunlight hitting the top Tumbledown Mountain.
View from the Chalet
More views from the Chalet
Tumbledown Mountain is impressive.
We left the Chalet and headed above treeline for some alpine skiing. Can you see the Chalet in the photo? The Mountains in the distance include Moon Hill and Woolsey Peak.
The three groups approaching the Durrand Glacier.
It was a cold but an amazingl clear day.
Our group headed to Symphony Peak (peak just left of center with the snow blowing off it). Here we are heading up the Durrand Glacier.
Making progress. In the background is Tumbledown Mountain (which we would do the next day).
The Durrand Glacer streatched out below.
Summiting Symphony Peak. (Snow Cap is on the right, the next peak we would summit).
Steve skiing down the Centrale Glacier after coming off Symphony Peak.
Our tracks down the Centrale Glacier
We had great views all day.
It does not get too much better than this.
The group coming around a corner.
On our way to Snow Cap Peak (in front of the climbers) next.
Alex was our guide for most of the week.
Views from the top of Snow Cap
Skiing down the Durrand Glacier after coming off of Snow Cap.
Looking of the Durrand Glacer. Symphony is right of center and Snow Cap is on the right.
Back at the Chalet after a fine day of skiing. The snow wall is more than 10 feet tall from the ground.
On Tuesday the weather was still nice, so we headed up to Tumbledown Mountain.
Alex catching up to us after digging a snow pit.
On the Diamond Glacier climbing to Tumbledown Mountain. The tracks are from the other group who ascended Tumbledown the day before.
This mountain has an impressively steep face.
The other groups track going up and over the Diamond Col
Gaining the final ridge up Tumbledown.
View from Tumbledown
Looking down off Tumbledown.
View from the top of Tumbledown looking at the Durrand Glacier Chalet. Photo by Steve Jewett.
Taking a break after skiing off Tumbledown the first time.
Coming up Tumbledown the second time.
The windblown skin track going up Tumbledown.
We skied the Durrand Glacer the second time off Tumbledown.
On the way back, we stopped to check out the ice cave under the toe of the Durrand Glacier.
Alex in the cave
Carl went exploring up the cave as far as he could go.
Ice crystals hanging to the top of the ice cave
Entrance to the ice cave
A few photos from around the Chalet
Chalet and snow banks
Group photo with Tumbledown in the background
I shared the Mt. Ruth room with Mike
The meals were amazing. We got a sitdown breakfast and dinner and made a sack lunch for during the day.
We got a three course dinner every night. Salad, main entre, and dessert.
Making lunch in the morning
Typical lunch spread
The weather started to turn on Wednesday. Here we are heading back into the alpine area and are on our way to Woolsey Peak.
Woosley Peak in the distance
We descended off the other side and did a long run called Morning Glory. One of my favorites of the trip.
Tracks coming down Morning Glory. Amazing the weather cleared for a brief time while we were skiing this route.
Looking down at the last half of the Morning Glory Run
A small ridge along our ascent route
Bottom half of Morning Glory with tracks
Digging a snow pit on the way up Morning Glory en roure to Woolsey Peak
That was fun!
Short lunch break at the bottom of Morning Glory
The rest of this day turned snowy and very white.
Morning view from the Chalet
Steve and Wally
Thursday started out nice, but as the day progressed the visibility dropped and the snow started.
This day we would go up Forbidden Peak
The ascent was steep as we went up the side of Goat Peak
Getting close to the top of the steep part
One last view of Tumbeldown Mountain and the Chalet
The clouds are starting to come in
Kay and Steve
Still going up
We did a ski off Centrale Peak on the way to Forbidden
Climbing up Forbidden Peak in a snow storm
Climbing the last steep part before the top of Forbidden Peak
Carl coming off of Forbidden Peak
On the way down
Forbidden Peak and our lines down the Forbidden Glacier
Carl and Jo
The split board ready for the last day (Friday).
Steve, Ruedi, and Kay
Mike and Ruedi
Me and Alex. Alex was our guide from most days.
Kay and Steve with Alex
The last day was very snowy. We spent the day skiing from Alipine and into the trees. We did a super fun, really long run called Morgan Le Fay.
The climb out of Morgan Le Fey was a bitch. Ruedi did an amazing job nagivating out of the steep drainage. Here we crossed this neat mini snow ridge.
Ruedi making a turn on a steep slope
Digging out another turn on the way up.
It snowed hard all day
New Mexico group photo during the last dinner
Getting ready for the flight out.
The week unfortunatley coming to an end as the helicopter comes to take us back to reality.