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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