on May 30, 2009
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.