Heli-Bombing, January 9, 2009

Today marks the one month anniversary of “the storm” – over 50cm of snow in three days. I figured it’d be a good time to finally post some photos from the heli-bombing mission that took place on the morning of January 9. As it turned out, there were three boxes of bombs, and with four people already in the helicopter, I had to give up my seat to one of the boxes. Along with the pilot, there was one patroller lighting the bombs, another throwing them out the door, and a third up front recording the placement and result of each on a shot sheet. The whole thing took about twenty minutes, and results were many, as was clear to anyone skiing the Lake in the few days following.

I always love the way aerial photos show terrain in a whole new light, showing an angle that you just couldn’t get otherwise. The photos below were taken by two of the patrollers on the flight.

Bombs.

Bombs.

Shot Sheet for Flight Chutes (front side of Eagle Ridge) - photo by Dave Petch.

Shot Sheet for Flight Chutes (front side of Eagle Ridge) - photo by Dave Petch.

The Back Side - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

The Back Side - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

ER 5/6 Shoulder - photo by Dave Petch

Can you spot the patroller? ER 5/6 Shoulder - photo by Dave Petch

Almost all of Eagle Ridge, with good results in ER 5 - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

Almost all of Eagle Ridge, with good results in ER 5 - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

A moment to enjoy the view of Mt. Temple - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

A moment to enjoy the view of Mt. Temple - photo by Jay Chrysafidis

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