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.
I was very excited to ski .
Discussing options for a second run.


  1. Let's do it again! Puh-puh-pparttyy

  2. Hi Brian. Great blog, great info. I'm trying a little online networking... looking for ski touring partners in the Bitterroot etc. Anyone feeling generous can reach me at geigercreations@gmail. Anyone interested in (or have info) the nice east aspect of what I believe is Ward 3?

  3. So the Ward 3 ridgeline has the fin at the top, and an east face with some gullies lower down toward Roaring Lion. Everything you see is good. Access from Roaring Lion (about 2 hours up-creek, probably still thin but doable right now), or from the head of Camas Creek. I was in the area last year. Hope that helps.

  4. Sure does! I do believe it is the ward 3 "gullies" (not pictured) which have the peak of my interest. Not an isolated feature, but the weather and snowpack and an early start might just allow an attempt at such a feature this weekend...