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The Best Ski Trip of My Life

by on Jan.06, 2014, under Nature, Ski, Sport, Vistas

Fairy Meadow Skiing

Last March I had the opportunity to travel Fairy Meadow and the Bill Putnam Hut in British Columbia, Canada for some backcountry skiing. The hut is located deep in the Adamant Range on the other side of Rogers Pass, and is only accessible via helicopter. And since heli rides are expensive, we only paid for two: one to drop off us, and one to pick us up 7 days later. On these flights we took everything we would need for a week of skiing, principally ski gear, food and booze. Doug, Megan, Gus and I shared the hut with 16 Canadians who we didn’t know prior to this adventure, but after a good amount of time bonding on the slopes and in the sauna, we became fast friends. Our week was essentially perfect: great snow, blue skies, delicious food and wonderful company. We took down some monster objectives, and played around in the trees searching for pillow lines to surf. The absence of electricity, let alone any sort of connectivity, helped us all focus on one of the most important aspects of life: shredding the gnar.

Feel free to scroll the photos here, but I highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch a beautiful full screen slideshow here. Or just check out the set on Flickr.

If you are curious to see where we skied, be sure to check out the GPS tracks and topo maps at the bottom of this post.

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Self Portrait. About to take off in the heli.

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Our ride in and out of the hut.

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On the way to Enterprise.

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Doug, Megan and Gus.

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Booting up Enterprise Peak.

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Nearing the summit of Enterprise Peak.

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The Selkirk Mountains.

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Gus shredding a line down Enterprise.

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Megan making quick work down the Beam Me Up Scotty Coulior.

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Gus and Megan on the climb.

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The gang heading up Pioneer Peak.

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Gus reaching the skier’s summit of Pioneer Peak.

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Making turns down Pioneer.

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Gus deftly navigating a sketchy ice fall with a few quick turns.

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On the home stretch back from Pioneer.

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Gus making it look easy.

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Megan catching air on our tree exploration day.

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Gus.

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Doug

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Megan

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Self portrait via portrait of Megan.

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The Bill Putnam Hut at Fairy Meadow.

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Helicopter ride home.

Trip Profile

Day 1: Enterprise Peak

Day 2: Pioneer Peak

Day 3: Sir William

Day 4: Tree Skiing

Day 5: Houdini Needles

Day 6: Friendship Col

More photos on Flickr.

Fairy Meadow Ski Trip 2013 from Andy Aupperlee on Vimeo.

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