The Gothics are home to the longest named run in CMH tenure, Endless Journey, a 7500-vertical-foot odyssey from the top of a peak at the head of Horne Creek.
The Gothics is also home to the most famous run in CMH tenure, “Run of the Century.” While skiing Century is a feather in the cap of any heli-skier, the guides will tell you there are better runs in the area, like the mind-blowing “Downie Left,” which has a lesser name but a better fall line for much longer. Indeed, the Gothics are all about skiing on stunning features.
The skiing in the Gothics is as diverse as it gets. Roger Atkins, creator of the Snowbase database used by CMH to track snowpack, animal habitat and other mountain issues, says, “The real judge of a heli-ski area is the skiing that’s available in poor conditions.” In this sense, the Gothics is one of the best. When only one elevation or aspect offers good or safe skiing, the options for high pickups are numerous and it is easy for guides to find fun skiing away from the big features that can send avalanches running up the opposite side of the valleys. And when conditions are stable, the options are limitless. The vast ocean of the Ruddock Creek drainage alone could keep an army of heli-skiers busy for days. Undulating alpine terrain drops into friendly glades and ends with the huge tree run of Cougar's Milk. Even today in guide meetings, discussions of new runs are frequent and nearly every year new runs are added to the run list.
From Bugaboo Dreams by Topher Donahue
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