This Canadian resort might be skidom’s best-kept secret. And with two new expansions, it’s also the biggest.
The “glasses” at Red Mountain’s first annual Beer Goggles Craft Brew Festival hold only three ounces. Which is, apparently, enough. Keri Bascetta, SKI’s staff photographer, and I are standing around in ski clothes in a party tent on a wood-chipped parking lot with, well, pretty much everyone within a 50-mile radius of the place, drinking tiny beers and laughing our butts off. We are freezing, but we don’t care. Snow has started to accumulate outside—a light dust that coats the plastic tent windows and picnic tables.
CMH provides the helicopters, K2 provides the prototypes, guests provide the feedback for final ski designs.
K2 is interviewing for new ski designers. Job requirements: ability to ski thousands of vertical feet of untracked powder in British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains, then talk about skis while eating like a king and hanging at the bar. Successful applicants must be comfortable with helicopter transportation.
Think you’re qualified? No, K2 designer Anthony DeRocco hasn’t lost his job. And no, it’s not a paying gig—except for the new pair of skis you get. It’s part of a cool cross-promotion between Seattle-based K2 and Banff, B.C.–based CMH Heli Skiing.
We bring you this via gizmodo: head-first footage of what it's like to be caught in an avalanche. This unnamed skier decided to strap on a helmet cam while heliskiing near Haines, Alaska. He also decided to bail on a final snow check and drop right in -- along with a big chunk of surly snow. We'll let the source on the scene take up the story:
A new Revelstoke heliski outfit serves up virgin slopes in a 600-square-mile domain.
The chopper thumps up Victor Creek and lands on a ridge somewhere above Revelstoke, British Columbia. Eagle Pass Heliskiing guide Norm Winter exits into the Crayola-blue Monashee morning. Winter—who has the sky-matching blue eyes that all mountain guides seem to share, deep-set in a face that's all angles—skis down to timberline, then stops to dig a snowpit and gauge avalanche conditions. Satisfied, he clicks into his bindings.
There's a reason Utah's snow is envied all around the world, and if you're lucky, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides will show you the light.
Published: December 2004
Leave it to me to book a ski trip right at the end of the weirdest three weeks of early March weather that anyone in Utah can recall. It's been intensely warm for days, with temperatures climbing well past 70 in Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Mountain snowpack has been rendered an unsafe mush, and when it's not, high winds and poor visibility make it unsafe to fly. The Wasatch Powerbirds have been doing very little flying lately.