Archive for April, 2010

Neil Bradshaw Spring Hut Trip 4/15-18/2010

April 28, 2010

Neil Bradshaw put together a great group of guys from the Wood River Valley to come and partake of the fine spring ski conditions at the Williams Peak Hut.  The weather was gorgeous and the camaraderie was fantastic.  Whit Atkinson, George Kirk, Brent Estep, Mike Pogue, Per Lindfors, Tom Shepard, Pete Stommel, and Neil Bradshaw got to climb and ski some great lines in the Sawtooths and hone their ski mountaineering skills.  The crew climbed and skied a number of classic lines like: Big Fatty, Peak 10084′, Thompson Peak, Mickey’s Spire, and Carter Peak.  Pete Stommel commented that he appreciated SMG’s Kirk Bachman, Mike Hatch, and Trei Cook  for “helping this neophyte backcountry skier in his “Baptism by fire” and his first time using skins on skis.”  George Kirk while on Skier’s Summit looking over to the line he skied off  Peak 10084′ commented, ” Looking at that line before yesterday I’d say there would be no way in hell I’d ski something like that.”  All the guys rallied and made some really nice signature turns above the hut.  Thanks gentlemen and we’ll see ya again next April.  Cheers, Hatch

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Erik Boe and Gang Get the Goods!

April 15, 2010

Last weekend Kirk and I had the fine pleasure of guiding Erik Boe and five friends for 4 days up at the Williams Peak Hut in the Sawtooths.  The first day was classic April showers with 5″ of new and strong winds.  We managed to find some exceptional “dust on crust” off the Skier’s Summit.  It was all smiles at the bottom.  On day two the weather popped and we had a fantastic day climbing peak 10084′, and skiing Big Fatty under epic powder conditions!  Under clear skies on day three we toured into the Profile drainage for some great ski mountaineering and part of the group continued up and over into Goat Creek and climbed and skied good ol’ Jimmy Dean Carter Peak while the other group tantalized their taste buds on a couple stellar couloirs.  Trent and Aaron feasted on the savory “What’s Up Doc” and the biggest morsel of them all – Jesus!  The skiing conditions on shady north were awesome with 2-3′ of stable fresh pow.  Day four brought us back on top of Skier’s Summit for one last steep north-facing drop down to Marshall Lake.  Aaron thought this line held some of the best snow of the trip.  Good times were had by all and the crew (Erik, Joel, Dave, Aaron, Trent, and Mark) were a blast to hang out with.  Thanks to Trei for the righteous food and we hope to see this gang again next year.  There is still room on our April 29-May 2 Ski Mountaineering Course. Cheers, Hatch

Erik returns from Alaska

April 8, 2010

Erik just got back from Alaska, where he was testing gear.  This included heli skiing based out of Haines and a plane assisted ski expedition in the Takhinsha Range, which borders Glacier Bay National Park.  First Ascent created this video, and for a full trip report check out their blog.


Best Ski Conditions of the Season!

April 6, 2010

Here it is beginning of April and since the 29th of March the Sawtooths have picked up 3ft. of new blower pow-pow!  All the models indicate the precipitation gravy train is just going to continue pumping and we’ll be enjoying late season powder turns for weeks to come.  This extra snow has helped to reset the alpine and fill in the coulies nicely!  Here are some powder pics from last week right after the 2ft. dump on Copper Mtn.  We still have room on our last ski mountaineering course the 29th – 2nd of May

T-Dawg loves 2ft. dumps!

Jimmy Utah - It skis like Utah Pow!

Copper Mtn. Powder!

Ski Footage

April 4, 2010

Spring Ski Mountaineering in the Sawtooths!  This was all shot Spring 2010 and footage of skiing is from Joe’s sweet chest cam, and clips from other peoples cameras.  Enjoy, and check us out on youtube.