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Monday, May 30, 2005

Ski Photography at Chatter Creek

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Chatter Creek Snowcat Skiing generates a wealth of ski photography. Many pro photographers visit Chatter Creek for photo shoots for magazine articles, videos, film and advertising. John Dougall works at Chatter Creek, taking high quality ski photos of Chatter Creek guests. Beyond, these professionals, many Chatter Creek guests photograph their snowcat skiing tours and share their ski photos with the Chatter News an/or on public Web sites such as "". We sincerely thank those guests who have taken the time to send us their ski photography. We absolutely rely on you!

Listed below are links to the collections of ski photography from Chatter Creek that we know of. Please write us if you know of others.
1. Ski Photography by John Dougall - John is Chatter Creek's in-house photographer.
2. Ski Photography by Mark Gallup - Mark is an old friend of Chatter Creek who visits often.
3. Dan Hudson collection - Dan is another old friend of Chatter Creek.
4. Trip Reports by Phil Fortier - Phil is a Chatter Creek client and a mountaineer who takes outstanding photographs. Look for his Chatter Creek photos
5. Dave Hanson's Chatter Creek Trip Report - photo journal about Dave's 2005 Chatter Creek tour.
6. Chatter Creek clients who have recorded their snowcat skiing tours on public Web sites include: Cliff Jennings (two albums), Dave Harvey (three albums), Robert Donalds , Kelly Kerr (two albums), Ryan, Tom Megson & Co., Scott Staples,& Lockie Brown

Special thanks to Chatter Creek clients and staff who have sent us their ski photography over the years including Crichton Pike of Vancouver, John Dunlop of Vancouver, Patrick Miller of Seattle, Are Tallaksrud of Oslo, Norway, Paul Daniels of Sydney, Australia, Peter Allen of Whistler, Robert Donalds of ESO (Germany), Ian Cumming of Vancouver, Wes Giesbrecht of Mercer Island WA, USA, Al Perrett of Kamloops, Laurie Ross of Vancouver, James Statham of Toronto, John Toelle of Quadra Island, BC, Marty Wagman of Toronto, Mike Pirzynski of Seattle, Scott Staples of Vermont and Isabelle Thibeault and Krys Sekora of Chatter Creek. Apologies to anyone I have overlooked. Please write me!

Hans Gut has just supplied us with a treasure trove of ski photography from Chatter Creek. Hans is a ski instructor at Silver Star near Vernon and his company, HRSport & Travel , brings powder skiing groups from Switzerland to Chatter Creek. Hans has provided a CD full of photography taken by himself and many of his Swiss clients. Thank you, Hans!

For excellent ski photography, browse the Chatter News and it's related Web sites. (There are 39, can you find them)

Friday, May 27, 2005

Snowcat skiing terrain at Chatter Creek
South Side snowcat skiing terrain at Chatter Creek. Two shots by Chatter Creek photographer, John Dougall. For a better look at the Chatter Creek ski terrain, click this link to our Cat Skiing Terrain photo gallery.

Looks like great powder skiing. Click on the image to enlarge it to see the tracks in both photos. Use the browser's "Back" button to return to the Chatter News.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Snowcat Skiing on Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek
Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek is a long way from Vermont. Susan, a ski editor for, enjoys the views and the powder skiing in Dewar's Bowl.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Powder Skiing and Chatter Creek SnowCat Skiing
Wes on his tellies enjoying some Chatter Creek powder skiing. The snowcat skiing at Chatter Creek has been getting better and better as they have opened up more and more powder skiing terrain.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Bombardier (Camoplast) Snowcats at Chatter Creek SnowCat Skiing
The Bombardier (Camoplast) Snowcats at Chatter Creek SnowCat Skiing have taken their last guests powder skiing for the year. Their tracks are being removed for repair, the Metal Form passenter cabs are being removed and stored and the snowcats are being shipped to Camoplast Industries in Calgary for their annual inspection and overhaul. For more information about Bombardier Snowcats at Chatter Creek, click the link. This site includes a map locating Camoplast Industries in Calgary, Alberta.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Chatter Creek photographer John Dougall takes high quality ski photos of clients and staff. Here's Chatter Creek Assistant Guide Charlotte Visser enjoying some sweet powder skiing on her "tellies". The staff jackets are supplied by ARC'TERYX.

For more great ski photos, click this link to our "Ski Photography by John Dougall".

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Powder Skiing on the Vertebrae Glacier after 3 weeks of drought
SnowCat Skiing at over 9000 ft. Greg B arcing GS turns in the powder on the Vertebrae Glacier. Thanks for the ski photos, Wes.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Upper Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing
Cat skiing on the west side of upper Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek. This may be Dewar's Bowl, or a neighboring bowl in the Chatter Creek watershed. Lodge Ridge offers endless powder skiing. This was taken at the end of January, 2005. Thanks to Scott Staples of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol.

Powder Skiing on upper Lodge Ridge at Chatter Creek
Another shot by Scott Staples from Dewar's Bowl on upper Lodge Ridge. This bowl is just one area on the huge alpine ridge that forms the west side of the upper Chatter Creek watershed. The Chatter Glacier lies at the head of the valley. The Chatter glacier iteslf is too shallow for good powder skiing, but the slopes above it are great. The glacier skiing at Chatter Creek is done on the Vertebrae glacier.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Riding the Powder on Chatter Creek's Stovepipe Mountain
Wes, of Mercer Island fame, has again graced us with photos from his annual Chatter Creek powder skiing bash. Wes wrote, "(We) had a great Chatter Creek cat skiing trip 2-26-05 to 3-1-05. It had not snowed for about 3 weeks and we thought the turns would be lacking. Not so...Dale built a bunch of new roads and we got to ski several new lines in very good snow."

Here's David S below Steph's Thumb. Classic! Steve Evens is the photographer. More in the days to come! Thanks, Wes.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Lakeview on Chatter Creek's South Side
One Way cat road from Harbourview into Lakeview on the "South Side" at Chatter Creek. Watching the empty cat head off to the next pickup, cat skiing photographer Phil Fortier commented, "Our driver for the 4 days was Pete - this was his first time driving this "down only" road. Dale had opened it only a few days earlier. He inched the cat down as slowly as possible, until it finally lost its grip on the slope - then it was full power downhill!"    Thanks for another great photo, Phil.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Looking down on Lodge Ridge from Super Spruce on East Ridge at Chatter Creek
Phil Fortier catches his friend Vince riding in a cloud of powder snow on Super Spruce. We're looking down on Crystal Lite and Mommy's Run on Lodge Ridge. Take a look at our new tour and description of the Chatter Creek cat skiing terrain. As part of that, we've re-worked our Skiing the East Ridge photo journal. Check out the great aerial photograpy by Steve Neill of Alpenglow Aviation.

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

"Photo Op" on Megahooped, opposite upper Lodge Ridge. Spruce Pass is directly behind the snowcat. Looks like the start of a run in Bouncing Chuckles. For a tour of the Chatter Creek cat skiing tenure, with lots of aerial photography, click here for "Cat Skiing Terrain".

Monday, May 02, 2005

Powder skiing in South Park at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing
End-Jan, 2005. Joni B enjoying some great powder skiing in South Park at Chatter Creek. South park is one of the many cat skiing zones located in the "South Side Ski Terrain" Photo credit: Dave Hanson.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

End of the May Cat Skiing Posts.
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