These were some hardcore dudes. Mike and I dropped them off at 8500′ in the Chugach and they spent something like 18 days out here grabbing first descents and taking their chances kite skiing on the glacier. All three were heli-ski guides in Valdez during our winter, and then they move to South America for more winter. They said skiing the Mount Goode area was great, but that everything was bigger than they anticipated. The crevasses they skied around were large enough to swallow a house, and that tends to knock some of the edge off the carefree attitude. They did manage to ski Mt. Goode which is 10,610 feet tall. You can see the conditions were superb, but while they were there they got like five more feet, and this was in May.
These mountains can brew up some awesome weather and kite skiing seems to be growing in popularity. We dropped a guy off a couple years ago who kite skied the Tazlina glacier, which might be compared to canoeing Niagra Falls. He is still alive, but his kite is still out there … somewhere.