On Friday three of us ventured up Bass Creek to explore something new for the season. Bass Creek has some of the best ski touring in the Bitterroot Range and we wanted see how it was filling in this early season.
While any tour in Bass Canyon requires a decently long approach, the options for both aspect and terrain are some of the best around. From skiing big lines on St. Joseph Peak, to treed glades by Lappi Lake, to stunning couloirs and bowls on Stormy Joe, 9003 feet, and Smoky Joe, 8533 feet, it is one of the most interesting places to visit in the Bitterroots. We toured to Smoky Joe and skied the east facing gully into the upper basin and then returned to the top to ski the long north facing slope to Bass Creek.