I dropped these guys off on a small glacier up the Knik River drainage. There was about 8 inches of fresh snow that fell last night, and conditions this afternoon were amazing. These guys have been waiting since Monday to get dropped off. The storm that rolled in Saturday night lasted about 4 days and the weather finally cleared today.
In the first image you can see the guys standing out on the glacier with my ski tracks running down hill, but you have to look close. I had never landed here before and I did not even know this spot existed, but our first option was fogged in. So we went looking for alternatives, and found a nice slope with a decent landing site on the ridge. But there was a fog bank that blew in as I was circling to land. So we improvised a plan “C” and found the spot pictured above. A helicopter was working in the same glacial drainage hauling skiers, and it was reassuring to see some of the slopes they had been skiing with little sign of avalanches. The Chugach is world renowned for it’s skiing potential, and I was reminded of that today as we saw countless untracked slopes just waiting for a skier.