Brian Story's account of skiing and more in Western Montana
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bass Creek, Party in the couloir
Following Nick up Party in the Couloir.
I headed up Bass Creek in late January with a party of five of Missoula's finest plus long-time Bozeman friend Nick. We had an excellent day, skiing and naming Party in the Couloir on Stormy Joe. We stopped before the top of the couloir due to avalanche danger. Nick triggered a 4" slab on the first turn, a sign that maybe we should have stopped even earlier. At the bottom of the couloir, we crossed the creek and skied the final run of the Bowl bounce tour before schussing out. The snow was good, and we were treated to much better weather than forecast. Bass creek is skiing quite well, and the trail is fully snow covered. Most of the exits low in the canyon are still pretty thin, however. All photos were taken by Nick Vandenbos.