The weather was improving on arrival day. The sunset was great and hopes were high for the start of skiing on Sunday.
The view out our window at 10:00pm
Great northern lights show on monday and tuesday night.
Sunday started with breakfast and training for glacier skiing. We spent a couple hours going over heli ops (no skis over the shoulder, stay away from the back of the heli, etc) and glacier skiing stuff.
Everyone is issued a backpack, shovel, probe, radio, and avalanche beacon. Many of us had never used this stuff before, so we spent time making sure everyone in the group was profecient in its use. You never know who may need to start an avalanche rescue, so everyone needs to be familiar. Now we just need some clear skies.
The view from the dock back towards the heli pad and the lodge.
The weather needs to be sunny and clear for heli skiing. Although it was a nice day for goofing off or walking around town, the few clouds around were right over the mountains at the elevation we needed to fly. The skiing takes place between about 2000 to 6000 msl. The lodge sits right on the ocean, and the helos are just a few feet from our room and the lodge. Unfortunately the weather would not cooperate to go skiing, so we walked to town for some exercise and headed to the gym for a workout. To our total dissappointment
, the gym was closed and we were forced to sit on the deck of the local pub and drink beer for the rest of the day.
The fish cleaning station on the walk to town. Lots of bald eagles and otters.
Jeanine in front of Kevins office. Actually it's the sauna.