|Heavenly Twins and my second run gully on the looker's left side of the bowl.|
|Pretty sunrise during the approach.|
|Snowmoblie tracks in the Wilderness. Not acceptable.|
|Through the choke on the first run and glad it went.|
|The first run. Great skiing.|
|The second run, from the top, with feelings that it might not go.|
|Looking out at the upper half of the Heavenly Twins run. |
The descent begins behind the summit cliffs and wraps into the visible bowl.
|The upper part of the Heavenly Twins was a little sharky. Still more skiable than it looks.|
|Turning the corner, excited to ski a lot of breakable crust.|
|Totally acceptable skiing near the bottom of the Heavenly Twins run.|
|Bushwacking. Protect your eyes and face and get some. |
The badness only lasted a hundred yards or so.
The Bitterroot peak to creek window is always narrow, and it was great to check a few more runs off the list. At 4,400 vertical feet, the Upper Southwest to South face of the Heavenly Twins is one of the longest clean fall line runs in the Bitterroot range. To my surprise, the bushwack was only about 15 minutes, and the entire lower gully was full of snow and fun to ski. If it got skied more frequently, I might even go so far as to call it a Bitterroot classic! A long but potentially rewarding day would be to climb the Heavenly Twins via the South face, ski any of the big Southwest gullies, then climb back up to the South ridge and ski the monster run out to Big Creek. This tour would allow for a lot of high quality skiing, and would minimize the canyon slogging up Big Creek and Bad bushwacking in Beaver Creek.
On a technical note, I speculate that the Northwest couloir variation to the Glen lake peak to creek and complete Heavenly Twins Southwest to South face link up were both first descents. I also believe the peak to creek west of the Twins was a first descent. As always, I would love to hear of others skiing these lines, and am especially curious about the Heavenly Twins.