It was an odd day today. Despite excellent ski conditions the everyone but 4 of our guest decided to go back to the lodge and take it easy. This was the first time in my CMH career I experienced this and I felt bad for the 4 keen ones, who came half across the world to ski the best powder in the world. As a lead guide I an not take four skiers out in a big 212 helicopter, we would loose a lot of money doing so. On the other hand it was Wednesday and we already skied 40 000m vertical in 3.5 days, people are getting tired and a bit short on cash for extra meters I guess.Nevertheless, most of us guides did not want to sit around the lodge in these conditions. Dellow, Yannik, Ryan and myself quickly skinned up the 900 vertical meters to the high landing of Mad Trapper and dropped in the fluffy, north facing backside aptly named Trappers Ass. What a treat to have such good ski touring available right out the front steps of the Lodge, with some sick lines without other keen competition. We were back in time for the last sun on the front deck, enjoying tea goodies and a Kokanee.
Typical when there are too many guides in the game, the first one in already triggers an avalanche. If in doubt, ride it out!