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Topher Donahue is an award-winning mountaineer and journalist who has spent most of his life guiding, climbing and skiing all over the world. He first experienced the mountains featured in this book as a climber, which is how he was introduced to Canadian Mountain Holidays and its founders, Hans and Margaret Gmoser. Bugaboo Dreams is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books; First edition (September 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897522118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897522110
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Topher Donahue is an award-winning mountaineer and journalist by training, and a storyteller for the modern world by experience.
Born the son of a mountain guide in a small cabin near Rocky Mountain National park, Donahue began guiding rock and alpine climbs in the Colorado Rockies as a teenager. After studying journalism at Colorado State University he spent much of his twenties guiding, climbing, and skiing all over the world including expeditions to China, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand as well as all over Europe and North America. In 2006, he led an expedition to Cerro Fitzroy in Patagonia where the team did the first free ascent of the peak's 1700-meter east face garnering Golden Piton Award from Climbing Magazine for the best big wall ascent of the year. He lives in Colorado with his wife and twin son and daughter.
His books include Bugaboo Dreams, the story of the invention and state of the art of helicopter skiing and mountain guiding; Designed by Adventure, the story of Outdoor Research and the heyday of outdoor product innovation, and Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Mörtberg on August 19, 2012
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Bugaboo Dreams: A Story of Skiers, Helicopters and Mountains [Hardcover]
The Ultimate Heliskiing history

"Bugaboo Dreams" is a book about the magic of heliskiing.
Topher Donahue tells the story about Hans Gmoser who developed heliskiing to a passion for so many skiers .
The beginning started deep in the Cascades mountains in a timberloggers cabin with a small helicopter. The long and steep slopes was covered with dry and deep powdersnow. A small group of friends tried this adventures way of skiing. The use of a helicopter instead of skilifts to get up in the high mountains. The rumour of the fantastic skiing was spread between skiers and friends. Soon were the Bugaboo Lodge built and more skiers came to Canada for the best powderskiing in the world. Today are 12 operations running under the name of Canadian Mountain Holidays.
A fantastic result from the visionary men who started business in the old loghouse. The author follows the development of heliskiing under four decades. The founder HansGmoser is described with all passion and commitment that led to this fantastic success.
I skied Bugaboos in 1979. That was the best skiing experience in my life. To read about the stories of the founders and thoughts and work behind the heliskiingcompany made my memories come alive again.
The book tells stories about what happened backstage - about the guides, the kitchen, the mountains , the helicopterpilots ,about guests and a lot of small things and is illustrated with nice photos. It is a well told story about Hans Gmosers mission and about heliskiing in the Bugaboos.
"Bugaboo Dreams" recommends to all skiers who are dreaming of heliskiing .

Stefan Mörtberg Funäsdalen - Sweden
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Jantzen on May 30, 2009
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Perhaps, like me, you are not one of those rare few who heli-ski. Well, you can join them--in your imagination anyway. Which is just what I did on reading Topher Donahue's great narration of the ups & downs (mostly down--it is heli-skiing) of this incredible extreme activity. Personally, I cannot imagine taking on such a dangerous activity; but he actually made me think "maybe I should have." The writing is interesting, the photographs often beyond spectacular--as well they should be considering what heli-skiing is all about. It's flying to some mountain slope which no sane person has previously skied that day (sometimes "ever") then following the guide down the slope on deep powder. I have a good friend who has descended over 1 million feet with the guides Topher tells about. Reading this book was my way of getting a little bit of insight into that amazing experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr JMO on March 2, 2009
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Great story on the evolution of heliskiing...How the Vision of one man really began an entire industry..How they made it accessible to all..Fun and interesting read!!
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By William M. Lovins on June 14, 2014
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The author comes from a long line of Colorado outdoor people. Those of you who can afford this kind of skiing will enjoy reading this book. It's rather well written.
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