This was taken on a small ice field in the Chugach. I was picking up some sheep hunters who had just bagged their game. We haul A LOT of hunters into the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. It is a major part of our business and almost completely takes over the flying schedule for August and September.
If you look at the snow behind the airplane you can see that there is a red hew to it. There is a cold tolerant algae that grows on snow fields during the summer months, and it becomes visible when it “blooms”. When I was in high school I went to great lengths to ski every month of the summer. I remember the slushy snow fields in July and August were red with algae and it would stain the bottom of our skis.
I am looking forward to getting back on my 35″ bushwheels. Wheel skis are fun but those bushwheels are hard to beat.