Blodgett Canyon Tour

February 18, 2013 at 15:50 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Bitterroots | 1 Comment

Brian and I had a great tour in Blodgett Canyon last week, with south facing powder runs and new terrain for us both to ski. Once into the canyon 6 miles the terrain really opens up and becomes readily accessible from the trail. What an impressive winter wonderland. With Sear’s Peak, Printz Peak and numerous north facing lines to explore we did what we could but the terrain outlasted us. Skinning in and out of the canyon is fairly manageable as well, with a solid schuss from the bridge back to the parking lot shaving at least an hour off the approach time.

Skiing Bass Creek Canyon and Boulder Canyon, Early Winter highlights

February 5, 2013 at 10:44 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Bitterroots, Deep Powder Skiing | Leave a comment

After waiting a couple months for canyon tours to fill in and open up, I have made a couple of interesting forays to Bass Creek and one to Boulder Canyon, in the Bitterroots. Bass Creek has ample terrain, its just a matter of skiing quite a few miles of trail to access the higher terrain and open bowls, glades, chutes and couloirs of the upper drainage.

East Boulder Peak holds and abundance of quality gully runs and chutes. Usually accessed from the ridge tour passed the lookout, it is possible to ski more than three 4,000′ runs in a day. The ski out Boulder Creek Canyon has numerous small uphills that torture the skinless skier on the outtake. A long days adventure skiing steep terrain should be saved for days of low avalanche likelihood and high energy. Generally Canyon tours open up in the Bitteroots sometime in January and depending on the season last into April if you are willing to walk or bike some of the initial trail.

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