Tuesday, January 31, 2012

North Cascade Heliskiing

When Bob Legasa tracked me down to film with his crew from Peak Video / Freeride Productions at North Cascade Heli ops in northern W.A., my ruber arm was contorted, and I accepted my mission of driving 10 hrs each way for two possibly days of heli skiing.

On day 1 the heli remained grounded and became less visable under the falling snow. Our consolation prize was cat skiing in blower pow! Not bad.
Day 2 the turbine wound up as we loaded skis and flew to Mt. Silverstar

where we filmed sub-alpine pow shots and a few airs.

The crew of skiers was vast, including John Stifter, senior editor for Powder magazine, who joined us for some birthday faceshots and good times.

It was a whirlwind trip of sketchy roads, good snow, new friendships, great food, and fun skiing.

Here is some of the cat skiing footage ... try not to drool on your keyboard ;)